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In desperate need of air defenses, Ukraine’s Soviet-designed SA-11 Buk mobile air defense systems have been outfitted with Sea Sparrows.

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“Is the bridge intact? It was so loud that doubts took over”, “It was the first time that it became so scary”,

— Residents of Kerch report that they heard about 20 explosions in the city. Unconfirmed videos are also being published online, allegedly showing moments of explosions. The authenticity of the footage has not been confirmed.

Traffic on the Crimean Bridge has been restored, monitoring publics report.

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Two ferries were damaged in Kerch from downed missile debris, - “adviser to the head of Crimea” Kryuchkov, citing the “Minister of Transport”

“While repelling an enemy attack on the transport infrastructure of the city of Kerch, two ferries - a car and a railway - were damaged from the debris of downed missiles - the glazing of the superstructures was damaged. There were no casualties among sailors or civilians. Once the damage is assessed, ferry service will resume. Please remain calm and trust only verified information,” Kryuchkov wrote with reference to Nikolai Lukashenko.

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Загальні бойові втрати противника з 24.02.22 по 29.05.24 (орієнтовно)

*УВАГА! У зв'язку з постійним надходженням уточнених розвідувальних даних, виникла потреба коригування деяких позицій загальних втрат противника - крилаті ракети. Загальна цифра скоригована, а втрати за добу подаються у звичайному режимі.

#NOMERCY #stoprussia #stopruSSiZm #stoprussicism #ВІРЮвЗСУ

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Translated using Google translate:

Total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 29.05.24 (approximate)

*WARNING! In connection with the constant arrival of refined intelligence data, there was a need to adjust some positions of the enemy's total losses - cruise missiles. The total figure has been adjusted, and losses for the day are reported as normal.

#NOMERCY #stoprussia #stopruSSiZm #stoprussicism #ВИРЯувЗСУ

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  • Belgium is committed to delivering 30 F-16 fighter jets by 2028 to assist Kyiv in countering Russia's invasion.

  • It is part of a security agreement Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

  • The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is on a two-day tour of Spain, Belgium and Portugal to drum up support for Kyiv.

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Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the name of blue-blooded Polish businessman Andre Mankowski has disappeared from the website of the Moscow-based IT company AMT Group, where he was formerly listed as president. Yet reporters found the EU citizen has continued to make money from the firm, which does business with Putin’s sanctioned regime.

> - Polish businessman Andre Mankowski, who is also a French citizen, has received payments worth almost $3 million in the past two years from Moscow-based companies AMT Group and AMT Group Telecom.

> - AMT Group has continued to do business with banks and other entities under U.S. and European sanctions since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

> - Mankowski founded AMT Group and was listed as its owner in public documents as recently as 2019. The company’s current ownership, however, could not be confirmed.

> - In the past two decades the Mankowski family, which is descended from Polish aristocracy, has poured money into a spa resort in the mountains of southern Poland. The company that manages the spa denies any of the funds have come from AMT Group.

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⚡️ 13 IMPACT UAVS DESTROYED

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On the night of May 29, 2024, the occupiers attacked with 14 attack UAVs of the "Shahed-131/136" type from the Primorsko-Akhtarsk region - Russian Federation.

💥 Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, mobile fire groups of the Defense Forces of Ukraine and electronic warfare units were involved in repelling the enemy's air attack.

As a result of anti-aircraft combat, 13 "shaheeds" were shot down in the Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad and Rivne regions.

Thanks for the combat work!

🇺🇦 Together to victory!

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🇺🇦 Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk

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In Yakutsk, wounded soldiers are being forcibly detained and are set to be sent back to the war.

This was reported to ASTRA by representatives of the "Free Yakutia" Foundation. According to their information, 28 soldiers are refusing to return to the front, and they are being held in Yakutsk's pre-trial detention center.

Violence and torture are being used against them, the foundation's representatives claim. Additionally, they are prohibited from using the toilet — instead, the soldiers have been given a plastic bottle and a bag.

The detained soldiers are also being forcibly subjected to the song "I Am Russian" by Shaman.

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Satellite images of the consequences of the attack on the airfield of the Lugansk Aviation School

A satellite image from May 28 shows traces of a large fire, a video of which local telegram channels published the day before. The fire site is located north of the runway. In a photograph of the same place taken on May 10, you can see parts of the Nebo-M radar complex, designed to detect aerodynamic and ballistic objects at medium and high altitudes. Local authorities claimed that the fire occurred “in the area of infrastructure facilities of the former Higher Military Aviation School of Navigators.”


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The video , which was presumably filmed shortly after the Ukrainian strike on the airfield of the Lugansk aviation school, shows the command vehicle of the Nebo-M radar complex, KU-RLK. This may mean that the radar was in place and deployed at the time of the strike.


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‼️ Africans for $2,200 - Russia is intensifying the recruitment of mercenaries for the war against Ukraine

👥 The aggressor state Russia has significantly intensified the campaign to recruit foreign mercenaries for the war against Ukraine: it is about recruiting manpower in central Africa, in particular - in Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Uganda.

✔️ A specially created unit of the Ministry of Defense of Russia deals with the recruitment of Africans for their participation in "meat" assaults on Ukrainian soil.

👉 Mercenaries are lured with an initial cash payment of $2,000 for signing a contract, a monthly security of $2,200, medical insurance, and a Russian passport for the soldier and his family members are promised.

❗️ We will remind you that earlier mercenaries from Nepal, recruited by Moscow for the war against Ukraine, deserted en masse from the occupation army due to numerous losses and the brutal treatment of Russian field commanders.

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- Russian metal producers have primarily adopted blockchain-based alternatives to conventional payment systems to maintain their trading operations

- Previously, the Bank of Russia had considered a complete ban on all cryptocurrencies, but in November, Russian central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said she supports experimenting with such payments in international transactions

Russian commodity firms have increasingly turned to cryptocurrency to circumvent financial hurdles posed by international sanctions.

With traditional banking channels facing challenges, companies are now leveraging stablecoins, notably Tether (USDT), to facilitate “seamless and swift cross-border transactions” with their Chinese counterparts, as reported by Bloomberg.

Major Russian metal producers have primarily adopted this transition, seeking efficient alternatives to conventional financial systems to maintain their trading operations.

How Stablecoins Are Transforming International Trade Finance

These developments respond to the extended economic ramifications of international sanctions following geopolitical tensions that began in early 2022.

According to Bloomberg, despite not being directly targeted by sanctions, these firms have encountered substantial obstacles in conducting business internationally, particularly in receiving payments and acquiring necessary materials and equipment.

Notably, adopting stablecoins appears to be a strategic move to preserve business continuity and mitigate the risks associated with frozen bank accounts and the slow pace of traditional banking transactions.

As disclosed, the appeal of using stablecoins like Tether’s USDT lies in their ability to facilitate transactions quickly and cheaply. Ivan Kozlov, a digital currency expert and co-founder at Resolv Labs, explained:

With stablecoins, the transfer may take just 5-15 seconds and cost a few cents, making such transactions pretty efficient when the sender already has an asset base in stablecoins.

Furthermore, Kozlov revealed that the use of cryptocurrencies in trade finance is gaining traction among unsanctioned firms and as a broader practice in countries facing financial restrictions or dollar “liquidity issues.”

This highlights a growing recognition of cryptocurrency’s potential to serve as a “reliable” medium for substantial international transactions, especially in environments where traditional financial systems pose considerable operational challenges.

Russia’s Current Crypto Stance

Meanwhile, integrating cryptocurrencies into Russia’s trade mechanisms also signifies a change in the country’s regulatory stance towards digital assets.

Bloomberg noted that initially skeptical, the Russian central bank has shifted its view, recognizing the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies in circumventing financial barriers.

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Previously, the Bank of Russia had considered a blanket ban on the use and creation of all cryptocurrencies, but in November, Governor Elvira Nabiullina told parliament that she supports experimenting with such payments in international transactions.

Amidst these developments, strategic advisors like Gabor Gurbacs from Tether and VanEck have advocated for the broader adoption of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin by central banks, especially for those countries experiencing fiat currency devaluation.

Gurbacs suggests that adding Bitcoin to national reserves could provide economic stability and diversification, proposing that countries start allocating a small percentage to cryptocurrencies and gradually increasing their holdings.

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Russian planes dropped 2 more bombs on the Belgorod region in 24 hours, ASTRA sources

On May 27, an unidentified aerial bomb was found in the village of Pristen, Shebekinsky urban district. On the same day, the FAB was found in a field in the village of Novenkoye, Ivnyansky district. In both cases, no one was injured.

Thus, in just the last three months, the Russian Armed Forces dropped 70 aerial bombs on the Belgorod region and the occupied territories. Among them is the same “smart” bomb UMPB D-30SN that did not reach Kharkov, which ASTRA previously reported .

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