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The Stan R. Mitchell 1/14/22 dispatch.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope everyone has had a great week!
The biggest news by far is the likely invasion of Ukraine for a third time by Russian forces.
Russia continues to push forces toward Ukraine.
See also this:
And a timeline for the invasion is starting to become clearer.
Just today, Russia hacked many of Ukraine’s government websites.
And The Washington Post reports that Russia will again blame Ukraine for this invasion.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy warned of this a couple of days ago.
As a reminder, Russia’s initial invasion of Donbas was partly to “protect” folks there, who are of Russian descent/citizenry.
I’m not sure what else to add. I hope Putin blinks, and I wish we’d flood Ukraine with more American troops to allow for deterrance versus months (if not years) of bloody fighting, but it is what it is. And one COULD argue that we’re already stepping up on the deterrance front.
In December, the U.S. delivered “part of a $60 million security assistance package, including small arms and ammunition.” (Link: US small arms and ammo arrive in Ukraine as Pentagon details troops to train country's military.)
From the same story above, for 2021, the U.S. provided $450 million in security assistance to Ukraine. And going back to 2014, when Russia invaded and occupied the Crimean peninsula, the US has provided more than $2.5 billion in aid to Ukraine.
We’re also currently already training their forces here in America.
Moving to Iraq, there was some news there.
This isn’t the first time that Iranian militia groups have gotten fiesty with drones or rockets. (See my past couple of newsletters for more on that.)
Also, here’s some cool video from the event.
You can learn more about C-RAMs here: https://asc.army.mil/web/portfolio-item/ms-c-ram_lpws/.
In the spying front, there was this:
Finally, in tech news, here is a couple of items:
Before we end, some motivation for the weekend. (Get after your goals.)
That’s it for this edition. And as a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love and support your fellow Americans. The vast majority of Americans are decent, loving, great people, and we must unite this country again so that we can at least discuss issues with dialogue and solemnity; not yelling, anger, and threats.
Please don’t name-call the other side on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. They are mothers and fathers and folks not much different than you.
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Stan R. Mitchell
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