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Russia ‘Accidentally Shoots Down One Of Its Own $40million Fighter Jets Over Eastern Ukraine’

Russia accidentally shot one of its $40 million fighter jets over eastern Ukraine. On Sunday night, a pro-Russian Telegram channel posted a video of a burning wreck falling over Luhansk and claimed that Moscow’s soldiers had shot it down.

The aircraft’s side was inscribed with the words “Russian Aerospace Forces.” Alongside the video, he wrote: ‘Last night, the air defense crew of the allied forces destroyed a target in the sky over Alchevsk (LPR). 

Russian jet wreck
Russian jet wreck

 ‘The nature of the target is not clear. The burning ball fell to the ground for more than a minute.’

According to the allegations, Putin’s troops unintentionally shot one of their own aircraft, a rare, $40 million Su-34 fighter-bomber type.

Shortly after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed his anti-air defenses to target American-made HIMARS rockets first, a plane was shot down.

Writing on the side of the plane appeared to read '¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿' which is an acronym for Russian Aerospace Forces, while a partial serial number revealed the jet as an Su-34M

Putin’s anti-air defenses appear to be straining to stop HIMARS from wreaking havoc on Russia’s invasion by destroying headquarters and ammunition stockpiles far from the frontlines.

Respected security reporter Michael Weiss connected the two incidents by tweeting, “They just downed their own Su-34, shooting for HIMARS.”

Yevgeny Poddubny, who runs a pro-Russian Telegram channel and frequently publishes videos of Putin’s forces attacking Ukraine, first made the incident public.

The incident first came to light overnight Sunday when pro-Kremlin channels published footage of a flaming wreck falling from the sky near Alchevsk - saying their force shot it down

He tweeted a video of a flaming ball falling from the sky over the city of Alchevsk in the Russian-occupied region of eastern Ukraine late on Sunday.

‘The nature of the target is not clear. The burning ball fell to the ground for more than a minute.’

Video of the disaster that circulated the following morning appeared to show the smoldering remnants of a Su-34 fighter-bomber.

The night sky lights up orange as the wreck of the jet crashes to the ground near Alchevsk, in just the latest humiliation for Putin's military

What appeared to be the words “ВКС Роcсия”—an acronym for “Russian Aerospace Forces”—were visible on the side of the aircraft.

When the aircraft was being developed, Russia boasted that it had upgraded avionics, radar, communications systems, electronic warfare, and weapon systems.

It possesses about twice the combat power of the base aircraft, according to Yury Slyusar, President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation.

Nearly five months into what was intended to be a few days-long “special military operation,” losing such a sophisticated and uncommon jet is just the most recent example of Putin’s forces being humiliated on the battlefield.

Just 10 Su-34M fighter-bombers have ever been built and they are one of Russia's most-advanced jets, costing around $40million each (file image)

Since then, Russia’s army, once regarded as the second-best in the world, has been forced to withdraw from Kyiv and much of northern Ukraine as their offensive halted.

After giving up on seizing the capital, Putin’s generals focused on capturing the eastern Donbas in its entirety in an effort to encircle a significant portion of the Ukrainian army.

However, months of fierce warfare resulted in the conquest of three cities: Mariupol in the south, Severodonetsk, and Lysychansk in the north. This plan has also failed.

In order to provide Putin with the best bargaining position possible when it comes time to reach a peace agreement, Russia’s major goal in the fight currently appears to be to cling to the meager gains it has gained since the war began.

While this is going on, Ukraine is staking what little manpower it still has and any weaponry it can procure from the West on retaking territory before support for the conflict wanes.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Smiling WNBA star Brittney Griner is pictured behind bars in Russian Court

Before being jailed in Russia for cannabis possession, Brittney Griner received approval from US health professionals to use the substance medicinally, a court has heard. After entering a guilty plea to the allegations of narcotics possession, the US basketball star returned to court in Moscow on Friday.

Detained WNBA star Brittney Griner was pictured smiling as she wore a Nirvana t-shirt

Griner was shown grinning while holding up a photo of her teammates and donning a Nirvana t-shirt.

On the day of the court hearing, she was afterward observed being carried out of her cell by Russian security.

The visiting doctor recommended using medical marijuana, Brittney. Russian official news outlet RIA Novosti cited attorney Maria Blagovolina as saying, “The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health.”

Griner is one of the most prominent female athletes in the US, a standout for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medallist

According to the RIA-Novosti story, the defense also provided results of tests she submitted as part of an anti-doping investigation. No illegal chemicals were found in her system, according to the tests.

The Khimki district court, located just outside of Moscow, set a hearing date for July 26 for Griner’s case.

In February, Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport in the Russian capital after customs agents allegedly discovered vape canisters carrying cannabis oil in her luggage.

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis

She admitted having the canisters in court but said she did not intend to commit a crime and that she had packed her suitcase hastily, which is why they were there. She might spend up to 10 years behind bars.

Admitting guilt does not immediately conclude a trial under Russia’s legal system.

Griner is a star for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is one of the most well-known female athletes in the US.

Griner was arrested at the Russian capital's Sheremetyevo Airport in February when customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil

It has been said by US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken that they are doing all in their power to secure her release as well as the release of other Americans who the US believes Russia has wrongfully jailed, including former Marine Paul Whelan.

The intense hostility between Washington and Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine may limit Washington’s ability to influence events.

According to Russian media, Griner might be exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, also known as “the Merchant of Death,” who is currently serving a 25-year prison term in the US after being found guilty of conspiring to assassinate US citizens and lending support to a terrorist group.

Russian media have speculated that Griner could be swapped for Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, nicknamed 'the Merchant of Death'

Russia has pushed for Bout’s release for years, but due to the vast disparity in the seriousness of their respective cases, Washington may find such an exchange intolerable.

Others have suggested that Griner and Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for an espionage conviction that the US has called a set-up, could be switched.

Griner’s situation is now under the control of the government’s special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, who is essentially the government’s top hostage negotiator after the State Department declared her to have been illegally arrested. Russia has taken issue with the categorization.

When asked whether Griner could be exchanged for a Russian detained in the US, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov responded that ‘there are no official or procedural reasons to talk about any further measures’ until her trial is over.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner talks to her lawyers from inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at the Khimki Court

It is “impossible to engage in an extensive discussion of any prospective conversations,” Mr. Ryabkov cautioned, citing US criticism such as the assertion that Griner was unjustly jailed and disparaging remarks about the Russian justice system.

The fact that Griner’s detention has been authorized beyond December 20 suggests that the trial may drag on for several weeks. However, Griner’s attorneys stated that they anticipate a resolution at the start of August.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Customers visiting the rebranded Russian McDonald’s are posting pictures showing moldy buns and expired sauce for fries

Russians are posting images of their rotting hamburger buns from Russia’s rebranded McDonald’s, Vkusno I tochka, which translates to “Tasty and that’s it,” on Twitter and Telegram.

The images, which were submitted by followers of well-known Russian Telegram groups, primarily feature cuisine from renamed eateries in the Moscow area. In the middle of the country’s conflict in Ukraine, McDonald’s sold its Russian franchises to investor Alexander Govor, and Vkusno I tochka launched in June. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, McDonald’s first opened in Russia, where it remained for 30 years.

A Moscow-focused Telegram channel uploaded images of a Vkusno I Tochka hamburger with mould that one of the channel’s subscribers allegedly took in the city’s Khoroshyovo-Mnyovniki neighborhood. According to the account, management at Vkusno I Tochka was contacted for comment.

Vkusno I Tochka allegedly notified the channel it alerted the company making its buns about the mould in a follow-up post, according to the account. The press office for the restaurant company says it is investigating how the stale bread entered the restaurant.

Customers visiting the rebranded Russian McDonald's are posting pictures showing  moldy buns and expired sauce for fries | Business Insider India

In a Telegram post from Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian TV anchor, Sobchak posted another photo of a burger with moldy buns and wrote, “It seems that ‘Vkusno’ does not exactly honor the covenants held by McDonald’s. At least with regard to the quality of the product.”

Sobchak continued by claiming that two of her channel’s subscribers from Zvenigorod and Strogino also had mouldy hamburger buns in addition to the mould on the burger from Khoroshyovo-Mnyovniki.

At the end of her post, Sobchak wrote, “Guys, figure it out over there, there is no need to poison people.”

Twitter account @ru2ch posted more photos of expired buns it said came from a Vkusno i tochka in northwest Moscow.

Fed-up Russians Are Served MOULDY Burgers In Their Replacement McDonald's  Restaurants

Sobchak also shared a photo that shows expired cheese sauce for fries. The photo, she said, is from a “former McDonald’s” in central Moscow.

“It expired by one day, of course, but it’s a matter of principle,” Sobchak wrote.

 RBK, a Russian media group based in Moscow, shared a Telegram post with comments from Vkusno i tochka on the expired sauces.

“We double-checked all the sauces, only a small quantity of them were expired, it has been taken off the shelves,” Vkusno i tochka’s press relations told RBK.

Vkusno i tochka plans to reopen all 850 former McDonald’s restaurants by the end of summer. 

Source: businessinsider.com

Vladimir Putin Says Seeing Boris Johnson Naked Would Be ‘Disgusting’

Vladimir Putin said it is “disgusting” to consider Boris Johnson naked. For the 47th G7 meeting, leaders from the US, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, and Italy gathered last weekend. Additionally, the British prime leader used the occasion to poke fun at the Russian president.

Vladimir Putin has hit back at western leaders who mocked his athletic exploits, saying it would be 'disgusting' if Britain's Boris Johnson and other Western leaders tried to emulate his topless exploits. Pictured: A bare-chested Putin is seen in 2009 riding a horse

Referencing the dictator’s penchant for showing off his physique, Johnson was reported to have joked: “Jackets on? Jackets off? Shall we take our clothes off…?

“We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin.”

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, suggested that perhaps he and other world leaders might imitate Putin’s “bare-chested horseback riding display.”

Naturally not thrilled by the comments, Putin fired back, stating he was glad they chose to keep their kits on.

Putin says he sees no problem with being photographed topless. Credit: Alamy

Speaking at a summit in Tajikistan, Putin said: “I don’t know exactly how far they wanted to get undressed, above or below the waist.

“But I think, either way, it would be a disgusting sight.”

He went on: “Recall Pushkin…who said: ‘One might be all about business, yet still take care of the beauty of one’s nails’.

“I certainly agree with that.

Like Putin, Boris Johnson has been pictured exercising outdoors with his shirt off. The Prime Minister is seen at the end of a swim on June 12, 2021 in Cornwall
Boris Johnson was snapped after rising early to fit a morning swim and a jog at the Carbis Bay location ahead of G7 talks last year

“One must have both a body and a spirit harmoniously developed.

“But to achieve harmony, you must stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, and do sports.

“The [Western] colleagues you mentioned, I know them all personally.

“This is not the best period in our relations, this is understandable.

“Yet they are all leaders, so they would achieve success if they wanted to.

“But they must work on themselves.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posed shirtless in 2012, then aged 42, for a charity boxing match

But this isn’t the first time Putin has commented on the abundance of images of him becoming bare-chested.

A reporter questioned him about the vacation-related photos back in 2018.They asked: “There are many photos of you half-naked, which is rather unusual for a head of state. These photos were not taken by paparazzi or tourists. They were published by the Kremlin. What is the story behind these photos?”

Putin, 69, hit back at a summit in Tajikistan (pictured), body shaming his foes and telling reporters: 'I don't know exactly how far they wanted to get undressed, above or below the waist. But I think, either way, it would be a disgusting sight'

To which Putin replied: “You said ‘half-naked’ not ‘naked,’ thank God. When I am on vacation I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that.”

Source: ladbible.com

Nike exiting Russia three months after suspending operations

As the rate of Western corporations leaving the nation quickens, Nike said on Thursday that it is completely departing Russia three months after it had suspended operations there.

In response to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, Nike said on March 3 that it would temporarily halt operations at all of its Nike-owned and -operated stores in Russia. It added that those currently operating were run by independent partners.

Nike store in Moscow

It announced on Thursday that it would fully depart the nation, joining other well-known Western companies like McDonald’s and Renault in doing the same.

“Nike has made the decision to leave the Russian marketplace. Our priority is to ensure we are fully supporting our employees while we responsibly scale down our operations over the coming months,” Nike said in an emailed statement.

There is a chance that new laws may be implemented in the upcoming weeks permitting Moscow to seize assets and inflict criminal penalties on foreign corporations wanting to leave Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine. Some businesses have accelerated their exit as a result of this.

A woman sits looking at her smartphone in front of shops closed due to sanctions in a mall. Popular clothing brands, both luxurious and affordable, coffee and fast-food chains became unavailable to many Russians

“What was a trickle is becoming a torrent (of Western companies exiting Russia),” said Paul Musgrave, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts.

Other sportswear manufacturers have also reduced production.

Rival Adidas announced in March that it will close its stores in Russia and halt online sales. In March, Puma also stopped operating. In March, Reebok stopped selling its products and is currently in negotiations to sell more than 100 outlets to Turkish shoe retailer FLO Magazacilik.

According to Reuters on Thursday, the German sportswear firm Adidas does not currently have any plans to reestablish operations in Russia.

People walk near the entrance to Nike store, May 25, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Nike Inc. with its 116 Russian stores and British retailer Marks and Spencer announced a full exit from Russia due to the western sanctions following the country's military invasion of Ukraine

“The operation of Adidas’ stores and Adidas’ online retail in Russia continues to be suspended until further notice, this also applies to the delivery of goods to Russia,” it said in an emailed statement.

Musgrave said companies that leave Russia may struggle to return.

“This presents opportunities for domestic firms in some markets but even more for brands from China and elsewhere to make inroads,” he said.

The decision is mostly symbolic for Nike, whose combined sales from Ukraine and Russia is less than 1%, rather than having a significant impact on its financial performance.

Nike Halts Online Sales in Russia

The business has a track record of speaking out about social and political issues. It encouraged American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest against racism by kneeling during the US national anthem, and it released Brazilian soccer star Neymar last year when he refused to assist with an inquiry into charges of sexual assault.

The largest franchisee in Russia, Inventive Retail Group (IRG), which runs 37 Nike-branded stores in the country through its subsidiary Up And Run, was reportedly not renewed by Nike, according to Russian media in May.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Russian missile suffers a classic malfunction; boomerangs into troops who fired it

Several shocking videos from various fighting zones have repeatedly appeared amid the continuing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Some of them are horrifying, brutal, and heartbreaking. However, a video of a single malfunctioning Russian surface-to-air missile executing a spectacular U-turn and crashing into the firing troops has gone viral.

The spectacular failure reportedly happened early on Friday morning close to the town of Alchevsk, which is located approximately 55 miles south of Severodonetsk, the scene of the worst battle.

The video depicts a Russian missile from a volley that was fired in the Luhansk region rotating 180 degrees in midair and crashing into a target that is remarkably close to its point of launch.

The air defense missile system, which may have been an S300, may have been operated by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine from the secessionist Luhansk People’s Republic, according to reports. Although unlikely, some have theorized that the problem might have been brought on by a lingering Ukrainian drone that jammed or compromised the system.

Return to sender! Russian missile U-turns and smashes into troops who fired  it in malfunction | Daily Mail Online

According to local media sources, a fire broke out at the scene not far from homes. There were no reports of injuries sustained by Russian or separatist forces during the incident.

A residential neighborhood in northeastern Riyadh was hit in 2018 by a US-made Patriot air defense missile that was malfunctioning and being deployed to intercept ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi party.

Throughout the three-month fight, Ukraine used loitering drones to strike targets, most notably the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone, which Russia’s much-lauded anti-aircraft missile systems had trouble neutralizing.

Although it costs the city of Severodonetsk to be essentially destroyed, Russia has been employing its concentrated artillery barrages to force Ukrainian positions there back over time.

Ukraine has requested long-range, high-precision artillery missile weaponry from the West due to Russia routinely bombing their munitions production and storage facilities and their artillery running out of ammunition.

The majority of the military equipment and other supplies have come from the United States. It recently announced that it would provide new weaponry valued at another 450 million dollars, including four HIMARS rocket launchers.

In the scorching battlefields close to Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in the east, the systems provide a capability that Ukraine desperately lacks. They have the ability to simultaneously launch a large number of precision missiles with a 50-mile range.

Source: dailymail.co.uk