A Ukrainian cargo plane carrying 11 tons of weapons, including mortar shells and land mines, crashed in a fireball explosion in northern Greece.
The Antonov An-12 light aircraft, which was transporting the weapons from Serbia to Bangladesh, had eight Ukrainian crew members onboard.
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Ukraine president suspends two top allies, citing Russian spy infiltration
Nearly five months after Moscow’s invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suspended the country’s security chief and top prosecutor, saying they failed to purge Russian spies from their organizations.
One of those sidelined in the biggest government overhaul of the war, SBU security service chief Ivan Bakanov, was a childhood friend of Zelensky.
Bakanov and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova embodied Zelensky’s policy of putting young political allies in charge of fighting corruption following the former TV comic’s 2019 election.
Russia’s Putin arrives in Iran for talks on Syrian conflict, Ukraine grain
In his first trip outside the former Soviet Union since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran for a summit with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on Syrian conflict, Iranian state TV said yesterday.
The three countries are working together to try to reduce the violence in Syria despite supporting opposing sides in the war. Russia and Iran are Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest backers, while Turkey supports anti-Assad insurgents.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch another operation in Northern Syria, which Tehran and Moscow oppose. In Tehran, Putin and Erdogan will meet to discuss a deal aimed at resuming Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports.
Fire engulfs homes near London as temperatures hit record 40°C
Britain recorded its highest ever temperature of 40 degrees today as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, forcing train tracks to buckle and fuelling a spate of fires across London.
The Met Office said the provisional record, which still needs to be confirmed, was recorded at 12.50 pm (1150 GMT) at London’s Heathrow Airport, surpassing the previous high of 38.7 degrees recorded in 2019.
Putin Threatens ‘Military Operations in Ukraine Have Just Begun’ As U.S. Politicians Admit Its A Proxy War
“During a Thursday speech addressing Russian parliament officials, President Vladimir Putin warned that the military has barely started its operations in Ukraine – suggesting he sees a long haul fight possibly for the whole of Ukraine ahead – in a direct challenge to the West as it continues to send arms to Kiev.”
China Vows to Take ‘Forceful Measures’ Against U.S. Because of Pelosi Visit to Taiwan
The Chinese government has reacted angrily to news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be traveling to Taiwan next month.
According to a report in the Financial Times, Pelosi’s stopover in Taiwan will come as part of a regional trip in Asia that includes visits to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, Reuters noted.
“If the U.S. side obstinately clings to this course, China will definitely take resolute and forceful measures to firmly defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in response.
In Pipeline Poker, Canada Folds: Will Release Sanctioned Russian Gas Turbine
The Canadian government, which is issuing a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions, said the move would support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas.”
40 Arrested In Huge People-Trafficking Raids In UK & 3 EU Countries
Almost 13,000 people have crossed the Channel from France in dinghies and RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) since the beginning of January, with the monthly total for June at 3,136, the highest of the year.
But on Tuesday, in an operation coordinated by Eurojust—the European Union’s criminal justice cooperation agency—homes in Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands were raided and more than 40 people were arrested.
Eurojust is expected to reveal more about Operation Thoren at a press conference in The Hague later on Wednesday.
Russia takes control of Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project, increasing stakes of its economic war with the West
Russia has taken control of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in the country’s far east. Moscow’s decision to do so could drive out the project’s three investors and raise the stakes in its economic war against the West.
A five-page decree signed June 30 by Russian President Vladimir Putin establishes a new company to gain 100 percent control of all rights and obligations of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, reported the Epoch Times. State-run Gazprom owns 50 percent plus one shares in Sakhalin-2. Royal Dutch Shell, meanwhile, holds 27.5 percent minus one shares in the project. Mitsui and Mitsubishi are also minority shareholders.
When Does “It” Happen? Sooner Than You Think
The Russian Government officials announced they expect the final report from Russian MIL on US Biologically Activity in Ukraine “in Autumn”. Parliamentary Council announced they are compiling a dossier against the US with all the proof of BWC violations, and will present this to the UN Security Council to invoke Articles V and VI of the Biological Weapons Convention. If these articles were to be invoked, and the Nations of the UN agree with the findings, those responsible for the crimes committed would be put before an international military tribunal for crimes against humanity.