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Olga Kachura, Putin’s “suicide bomber” who loved to “shoot Ukrainians”, has died – Columnist

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She was known as Vladimir Putin’s “Lady Death” and admitted that she “enjoyed shooting Ukrainians.” Died Colonel Olga Kachurathe first female member of a high-ranking Russian force to die in Ukraine following a rocket attack on the city of Gorlovka in Donetsk.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russia claims the shot was fired by the Ukrainian military. According to The Telegraph, Russian President Vladimir Putin already signed a decree this Thursday awarding Olga Kachura the title of Heroine of Russia, the highest posthumous military award, in honor of “his courage and heroism in the performance of military duty.”

Olga Kachura died while driving in Horlivka. The 52 year old woman was head of the artillery and missile division self-proclaimed pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic. For most of his life he was a policeman, and in 2014, when Russia launched an offensive in eastern Ukraine, he decided to join the battalion to fight the Kyiv troops.

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“I like to shoot Ukrainians” suggested Olga Kachura in an interview with Russian state television, quoted by the Telegraph. In their latest interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the military went even further and it was pointed out that he was not just fighting the Ukrainians. “I am fighting against NATO,” he assured, describing the territory of Ukraine as a “testing ground”.

For Olga Kachura everything was worth on the ground hence the nickname “Lady Death”. The Ukrainian Armed Forces accused her of dressing up in Ukrainian military uniforms to commit war crimes, thereby sabotaging Kyiv’s efforts.

For participation in terrorist groups and for all war crimes committed by him since 2014, Ukrainian courts in January of this year sentenced her to 12 years in prison. in a trial in absentia, which meant that Olga Kachura never served her sentence.

If, on the one hand, the regime of Vladimir Zelensky hated her, then on the other Olga The independence forces in eastern Ukraine considered Kachura a heroine. The Telegraph reports that the woman adopted a boy in 2014 and even raised a child who survived a military attack, making her popular with pro-Russian forces.

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the Russia Today TV channel and one of the Kremlin’s top propagandists, paid tribute Olga Kachura, a “legendary” woman who welcomed the initiative of the President of Russia to consider her a heroine. “These are our common heroes.”

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, 97 high-ranking pro-Russian security officials have died.

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Vladimir Putin has delayed the invasion of Ukraine at least three times.

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Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the invasion, Europa Press told Ukraine’s chief intelligence director Vadim Skibitsky.

According to Skibitsky, it was the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which is responsible for counterintelligence and espionage work, that put pressure on Gerasimov and other military agencies to agree to launch an offensive. .

However, according to the Ukrainian intelligence services, the FSB considered that by the end of February sufficient preparations had already been made to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in a lightning invasion.

However, according to Kyiv, the Russian General Staff provided the Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for only three days, hoping that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also emphasized the cooperation of local residents, who always provided the Ukrainian authorities with up-to-date information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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Life sentence for former Swedish official for spying for Russia

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A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a former Swedish intelligence officer to life in prison for spying for Russia, and his brother to at least 12 years in prison. In what is considered one of the most serious cases in Swedish counterintelligence history, much of the trial took place behind closed doors in the name of national security.

According to the prosecution, it was Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who took advantage of the information provided by the two brothers between 2011 and their arrest at the end of 2021.

Peyman Kia, 42, has held many senior positions in the Swedish security apparatus, including the army and his country’s intelligence services (Säpo). His younger brother, Payam, 35, is accused of “participating in the planning” of the plot and of “managing contacts with Russia and the GRU, including passing on information and receiving financial rewards.”

Both men deny the charges, and their lawyers have demanded an acquittal on charges of “aggravated espionage,” according to the Swedish news agency TT.

The trial coincides with another case of alleged Russian espionage, with the arrest of the Russian-born couple in late November in a suburb of Stockholm by a police team arriving at dawn in a Blackhawk helicopter.

Research website Bellingcat identified them as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova. The couple allegedly acted as sleeper agents for Moscow, having moved to Sweden in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish press reports, the couple ran companies specializing in the import and export of electronic components and industrial technology.

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The man was again detained at the end of November for “illegal intelligence activities.” His partner, suspected of being an accomplice, has been released but remains under investigation.

According to Swedish authorities, the arrests are not related to the trial of the Kia brothers.

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Ukraine admitted that Russia may announce a general mobilization

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“They can strengthen their positions. We understand that this can happen. At the same time, we do not rule out that they will announce a general mobilization,” Danilov said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online publication.

Danilov believed that this mobilization would also be convened “to exterminate as many as possible” of Russian citizens, so that “they would no longer have any problems on their territory.”

In this sense, Danilov also reminded that Russia has not given up on securing control over Kyiv or the idea of ​​the complete “destruction” of Ukraine. “We have to be ready for anything,” he said.

“I want everyone to understand that [os russos] they have not given up on the idea of ​​destroying our nation. If they don’t have Kyiv in their hands, they won’t have anything in their hands, we must understand this,” continued Danilov, who also did not rule out that a new Russian offensive would come from “Belarus and other territories.” .

As such, Danilov praised the decision of many of its residents who chose to stay in the Ukrainian capital when the war broke out in order to defend the city.

“They expected that there would be panic, that people would run, that there would be nothing to protect Kyiv,” he added, referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

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At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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