DOD pursues high altitude inflatables: Balloons

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • U.S. military’s newest weapon against China and Russia: Hot air
  • The Pentagon is working on a new plan to rise above competition from China and Russia: balloons.
  • The high-altitude inflatables, flying at between 60,000 and 90,000 feet, would be added to the Pentagon’s extensive surveillance network and could eventually be used to track hypersonic weapons.
  • Over the past two years, the Pentagon has spent about $3.8 million on balloon projects, and plans to spend $27.1 million in fiscal year 2023 to continue work on multiple efforts, according to budget documents.
  • DOD would not disclose details about the effort because it is classified.

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Ukraine withdraws troops out of a Luhansk province as Russia claims more territory

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia claims control of pivotal eastern Ukrainian province
  • The General Staff of Ukraine’s military reported that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in Luhansk province. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal but said the fight for the city was still raging on its outskirts.
  • If confirmed, Russia’s complete seizure of Luhansk would provide its troops with a stronger base from which to press their advance in the Donbas, a region of mines and factories that President Vladimir Putin is bent on capturing in a campaign that could determine the course of the entire war.

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Following Russian withdrawal from Snake Island Moscow launches missile attack on Odessa

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • At Least 18 Dead in Russian Missile Attack on Odesa Building
  • Russian missile attacks on residential areas in a coastal town near the Ukrainian port city of Odesa early Friday killed at least 18 people, including two children, authorities reported, a day after Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island.
  • Ukrainian news reports said missiles struck a multi-story apartment building and a resort area

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Russia sends Belarus a number of tactical missile systems

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia to place nuclear-capable missiles in Belarus
  • That missile placement would continue a trend of Russian President Vladimir Putin subordinating Belarus to his vision of a “union-state” led by the Kremlin while sending an ominous signal to NATO — perhaps especially Poland and Lithuania, whose borders separate Belarus from Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave near the Baltic Sea.
  • “Our decision has been made: We will hand over a number of tactical missile systems Iskander-M to Belarus within the next few months,” Putin said during a meeting with Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. “They can fire ballistic and cruise missiles with conventional and nuclear warheads.”

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European Governments taking steps to require rationing: Germany now rationing natural gas

Rev 6:6 NAS “And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Gas in Germany, flour in Greece, sunflower oil in Spain: European countries take steps towards rationing as the war in Ukraine adds to the global supply crunch
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has threatened the supply of critical commodities in Europe and thrown global supply chains, which were already struggling amid COVID-19, into complete chaos.
  • As a result, the prices of everything from wheat to oil have soared, leading to multi-decade high inflation rates in places like Germany and Spain.
  • The German government took the first formal steps toward rationing its natural gas supplies this week
  • In Spain and Greece, supermarkets are rationing food including flour, milk, and sunflower oil.

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Russia cuts gas supply forcing Europe to return to coal

Rev 6:6 NAS “And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Germany makes ‘bitter’ decision to return to coal and Italy contemplates rationing as Russia cuts gas supplies to Europe
  • Italian government and energy industry would meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the crisis, with the likely outcome being the introduction of a state of alert under the country’s gas emergency protocol.

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Ukrainian Mall targeted by Russia: Search and Rescue continues as 18 are declared dead

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘War Crime’: Russia Strikes Ukrainian Mall with Missile, Killing at Least 18 Civilians and Wounding Dozens
  • Rescuers in Ukraine searched through the rubble of a shopping mall today, looking for more victims of a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18 people on Monday. At least 59 others needed medical assistance and 25 of them were hospitalized.
  • Western leaders meeting at a G-7 Summit in Germany condemned Russia’s aggression and violations of human rights. The G-7 leaders said, “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime.”
  • The strike came during a barrage of Russian missile strikes all across Ukraine, including in the capital of Kyiv. Wayne Jordash, a British lawyer helping Ukraine to investigate war crimes, said there appear to be no military targets near the mall that could even be used as a pretext for the mall attack, but the investigation is ongoing. He did say a factory nearby was also hit.

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Japan reports Russian and Chinese warships sailing near island

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia and China Send Warships Around Japan as Tension Simmers
  • Japan’s Defense Ministry said as many as eight Russian and Chinese warships sailed into seas near Japan this week. While the Russian vessels were sailing through the Tsushima Strait, which separates Japan and South Korea, the Chinese warships were spotted near the Izu Islands, which are some 500 kilometers (310.6 miles) south of Tokyo.
  • In another provocative gesture, the Chinese and Russian air forces carried out joint air patrols at a time when Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was hosting a summit of the leaders of the US, Australia and India. The air patrols were carried out over the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the western Pacific Ocean.

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High ranking Russian official found dead at home. Colonel previously carried nuclear codes

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Putin colonel Vadim Zimin who carried Russian president’s nuclear codes found dead at home
  • After leaving his position as an officer in the security services, the mysterious Vadim Zimin, who is 53 years old, is being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes in his new job in the customs service.
  • Zimin is a former colonel from the Federal Security Service. During his time in the FSS, he was in charge of the briefcase that carries the Russian nuclear controls and that is always carried by the head of the Kremlin.
  • In the kitchen of his apartment in Krasnogorsk, which is located in the Moscow region, he was discovered dead from gunshot wounds.
  • He was injured in the head and was lying in a pool of blood; a pistol marked Izh 79-9TM was lying nearby.
  • The unsettling appearance of a high-ranking military commander carrying a briefcase has prompted speculation that Vladimir Putin, who has been accused of engaging in aggressive behavior, may be preparing to use lethal nuclear weapons.

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WWIII looms as U.S. declares support for Lithuania; Russia vows retaliation

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • The West rises against Putin: Finland warns Russia it is ready to fight them and US declares NATO’s ‘ironclad’ support for Lithuania as Moscow’s fury grows over Kaliningrad blockade
  • Finland’s armed forces chief said the country has been preparing for war against Russia for decades
  • Lithuania blocked goods sanctioned by the EU from reaching the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad
  • US said it would defend fellow NATO member Lithuania if Russia launched attack
  • Russia vowed to retaliate with measures that ‘will have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian population’ after country blocked coal and metals from Russia

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