North Korea issues fresh nuclear warning — RT World News

30 Apr, 2022 03:26

North Korea issues fresh nuclear warning

Leader Kim Jong-un vows to preempt any nuclear threat to his country
North Korea issues fresh nuclear warning
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to take decisive action and “crush” any “hostile” foreign power, just days after saying Pyongyang would advance its own atomic arsenal “at the fastest possible speed.”

after a meeting with senior officials involved in organizing a major
military parade earlier this week, Kim pointed to growing threats in a
world where “powers clash fiercely and keep getting stronger,” including in the nuclear sphere, arguing that “overwhelming” might is the only guarantee of his country’s security.

order to preemptively and thoroughly crush all threatening actions,
including the continued and aggravated nuclear threat by the hostile
forces, if necessary, the Party Central Committee will firmly maintain
the absolute superiority of our revolutionary force and continuously
raise it,” Kim said, as cited by the state-run KCNA.

The remarks follow a pledge from Kim earlier this week to “continue to take measures for further developing the nuclear forces of our state at the fastest possible speed,” insisting Pyongyang must be ready for a nuclear deployment “at any time” amid steadily rising tensions with the United States.

has carried out a series of weapons tests this year, including an
intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), its first such launch since
2017 following a self-imposed moratorium on major arms tests. Those
moves coincided not only with the Joe Biden presidency in Washington,
but a change in leadership in Seoul more recently, with South Korean
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol taking a much harder line against the
north than the prior head of state.

Both Biden and Yoon’s
predecessors – presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, respectively –
made significant diplomatic inroads with Pyongyang, resulting in a
number of summits, including a historic face-to-face meeting at the
infamous demilitarized zone (DMZ). Those efforts later fizzled, however,
leaving relations between all sides in limbo before Biden took office
in 2021.

Ukraine Slows Russian Advance in East, South as Talks in Doubt

Ukraine Slows Russian Advance in East, South as Talks in Doubt

captured Russian tank is transported on a trailer platform by the
Ukrainian army on a road outside Dnipro, Ukraine, April 30, 2022.
The continuation of negotiations to end Russia’s war against Ukraine
is in doubt, with Ukraine’s president saying it is hard to discuss peace
amid public anger over alleged atrocities carried out by Russian
troops, while Russia’s foreign minister said Western sanctions and arms
shipments were impeding the talks, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Ukrainian forces fought Saturday to counter a Russian advance in their
country’s south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the
industrial Donbas region. Western military analysts said Moscow’s
offensive was going much slower than planned.

People fleeing the village of Ruska Lozova wait at a screening point in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 29, 2022.


Latest Developments in Ukraine: April 30

While Russia claimed on Saturday to have struck more than 380 targets
overnight as it sought to take full control of the territories of
Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, the General
Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said the Russian military’s efforts to
capture targets were “not succeeding — the fighting continues.”
Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, reportedly was targeted by
mortar and artillery shelling Saturday.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a televised address
Friday night that Ukrainian forces had recaptured a strategically
important village near the city and evacuated hundreds of civilians.

RFE/RL reported that in a daily briefing Saturday, the Ukrainian
military said the greatest enemy losses were taking place in the Izyum
area, near Kharkiv.

Blasts, Bombs, And Drones: Amid Carnage In Ukraine, A Shadow War On The Russian Side Of The Border

A screen grab of a purported attack by Ukrainian helicopters on a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod on April 1.
Early in the morning on April 27, a drone crashed in a muddy field
southwest of the Russian city of Kursk, around 100 kilometers northeast
of the border with Ukraine. Locals tracked down the destroyed device not
long after, and posted photographs to Telegram and other social media.

‘Completely Legitimate’

While Western officials have voiced concerns about the war expanding
beyond Ukraine’s borders, potentially into NATO territory, some have
also effectively endorsed Ukrainian efforts to attack Russian targets
within Russia itself.

It is “completely legitimate for Ukraine to be targeting in Russia’s
depth in order to disrupt the logistics that if they weren’t disrupted
would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil,”
British armed forces minister James Heappey said in an interview with
Times Radio on April 26.

During an appearance before a Senate committee on April 27, U.S.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked how the United States would
view Ukrainian attacks inside Russia.

It was up to Ukraine, he said, to do everything “necessary to defend against Russian aggression.”

The Ukrainians are being opportunistic, Alberque said: Even when
explosions can blamed on negligence, they’re happy to wink and nod, and
let the world think they are the result of a special operation. And the
Russians are happy in some cases to blame the Ukrainians, rather than
admit corruption involving Russian civilian or military authorities
could be to blame.

The Ukrainians “are trying to target, to get all the ammunition depots,
and fuel depots. They are absolutely doing what they can to hit those
facilities as much as possible,” he said. But he said it would be a
mistake to ascribe every fire or blast in Russia to Ukraine.

“I don’t want to take credit from the people, the Ukrainians, who are
doing actual sabotage. That’s happening. Period.” he said. “But let’s
also not present Ukraine as some super-Ninja force that is slaying
dragons way out in Siberia.”

Russia offers India way of bypassing Western sanctions – media — RT Business News

30 Apr, 2022 14:46

Russia offers India way of bypassing Western sanctions – media

Moscow reportedly wants dollar payments for oil, ruble or rupee for rest
Russia offers India way of bypassing Western sanctions – media
has reportedly proposed a plan for India to pay for Russian oil in US
dollars or euro, while using a rupee-ruble-denominated mechanism for
other goods.

The new mechanism is designed to allow more trade in
local currencies as economic pressure mounts on Russia over its military
operation in neighboring Ukraine, according to people with knowledge of
the matter quoted by Bloomberg.

The proposals were reportedly
discussed between Russian central bank officials and their Indian
counterparts with the participation of officials from the finance

On Saturday, Indian External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Arindam Bagchi confirmed that an inter-ministerial group is
looking at resolving issues relating to payment mechanisms with Moscow
in order to stabilize the country’s economic engagement with Russia.

India is among a number of major economies that have kept trading
with Russia since the launch of the operation despite mounting pressure
on New Delhi from Western nations to scale back its economic and
military ties with Moscow. India has not publicly condemned the
operation so far.

India’s imports from Russia rose to $8.69
billion in the first 11 months of the 2021-22 financial year, which is
58% higher than the total imports of $5.48 billion recorded in the full
financial year 2020-21, the Indian government reported earlier this
month. Meanwhile, exports to Russia rose to $3.18 billion in the period
from April to February in 2021-22 from $2.65 billion.

Enemy intensifies offensive in eastern Ukraine in all directions|Ukrinform

Enemy intensifies offensive in eastern Ukraine in all directions

Enemy intensifies offensive in eastern Ukraine in all directions

Russian troops are gradually increasing the
intensity of the offensive in eastern Ukraine simultaneously in all
directions, and their greatest activity is observed in the
Slobozhanshchyna and Donetsk directions.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Motuzianyk said this at a briefing on Saturday, April 30, Ukrinform reports.

He said that the enemy is conducting an offensive operation in the Eastern Operational Zone.

Motuzianyk stressed that the main goal of the enemy remains the same –
encircling the Ukrainian defense forces, establishing full control over
the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions, and creating a land corridor
with the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

“There are signs of the aggressor’s preparation for even greater
intensification of hostilities. […] In Balakliia Central Clinical
District Hospital, beds are being vacated and an additional field
hospital has been set up. In the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don,
additional refrigerators have been deployed on the territory of a
military clinical hospital to store the bodies of fallen servicemen,”
Motuzianyk said

Resources You Need: RFE/RL Is Uniquely Positioned To Cover The Ukrainian Border Crisis From All Angles

Comment by tonytran2015: There is an interactive map here to follow the war.

To track the Russian military buildup, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service has created an up-to-date interactive map
(in Ukrainian) that provides new information on troop deployments and
equipment stockpiles along Ukraine’s border in Russia and Belarus, and within the territory held by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Russian troops intensify air reconnaissance in direction of Mykolaiv – General Staff

Russian troops intensify air reconnaissance in direction of Mykolaiv – General Staff

Russian troops intensify air reconnaissance in direction of Mykolaiv – General Staff

Russian troops are moving the separate units of the Eastern Military District from Belgorod Region to Izium, Kharkiv Region.
The relevant statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“In the Slobozhanskyi direction, the enemy is focusing efforts to
maintain the captured frontiers and inflict fire damage to the Armed
Forces of Ukraine. In order to strengthen the group, Russian troops are
moving the separate units of the Eastern Military District from Belgorod
Region towards the city of Izium,” the report states.

Russian invaders attempted to launch an offensive in the direction of
Sulyhivka and Dovhenke but failed to succeed. In order to cover the
groups of Russian troops in the Kharkiv and Izium directions, the enemy
is trying to deploy air defense forces and units.

In the Eastern Operational Zone, Russian forces continue to carry out
an offensive to gain full control over Donetsk Region and Luhansk
Region and maintain a land route with the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Russian troops continue to advance in the Lyman and Sievierodonetsk
directions, attempting to seize Rubizhne, Popasna and Kurakhove areas.
These attempts are unsuccessful; battles are raging.

In the Siverskyi direction, Russian invaders opened fire on the
positions of Ukrainian defenders near such settlements as Kindrativka,
Katerynivka, Svarkove and Bilokopytove.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the enemy continues to launch artillery strikes on Ukrainian positions.

In the Southern Bug direction, Russian troops did not take active
offensive actions, launching isolated attacks on Ukrainian positions.

In the Bessarabian direction, no significant changes were recorded.

In the Mykolaiv direction, the enemy intensified air reconnaissance
in the operational depth of the defensive positions of the Armed Forces
of Ukraine, presumably in order to expose the presence and nature of the
reserve forces.

In the Volyn and Polissia directions, Russian troops did not take active actions. No significant changes were recorded.

Over the past day, the Ukrainian air defense units of the Air Force
and the Land Forces have hit 10 enemy air targets: one plane and nine
Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Ukrainian defenders repulsed 14 enemy attacks in Donetsk region and
Luhansk Region, having destroyed 11 Russian tanks, seven artillery
systems, 28 armored vehicles and 14 motor vehicles.

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Ukrainian military gets S-300 missile system from partner countries

Ukrainian military gets S-300 missile system from partner countries

Ukrainian military gets S-300 missile system from partner countries

Anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air
Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received an S-300
missile system from partner countries, which significantly strengthened
Ukrainian air defenses in the south of the country.
According to Ukrinform, the Command of the Ukrainian Air Force reported this on Telegram.

“The S-300 missile system effectively performs its work against a
significant part of the objects of the Russian occupiers and can shoot
down aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at a distance of 5 to 150
kilometers. At the same time, it doesn’t matter at what distance a
target flies – 10 meters or 27 kilometers,” the statement reads.

The system is already performing combat missions, the command said.

The Ukrainian Air Force destroyed 15 air targets on April 28, including a Su-34 aircraft, five cruise missiles and nine UAVs.