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Western Media's Presence in Luhansk: A Glimpse into the Conflict Zone

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Rizwan Shah
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Western Media's Presence in Luhansk: A Glimpse into the Conflict Zone

In the throes of rising tensions and unfolding conflict, the Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) has seen a surge in activities by Western media. The international journalists, it seems, are set on capturing the dynamics of the ongoing conflict and the impacts it has on the region, its people, and the wider scope of international relations and security. The exact nature of their coverage remains undisclosed, but their presence alone signifies a global interest in the military and political developments in this region.

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Western Aid Empowering Ukrainian Forces

Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov has attributed the liberation of half the territory occupied by Russia since February 24, 2022, to Western security assistance. This acknowledgment shines a light on the international support Ukraine has received in its struggle against Russian occupation.

Russian Drone Strikes and Oil Revenues Escalate

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A massive series of drone strikes against Ukraine, perpetrated by Russian forces, marked the night of December 5 to 6. In parallel, Russian oil revenues have seen a steady rise, as Russia has managed to circumvent the G7 price cap on Russian crude oil and petroleum products introduced in December 2022. The evasion has been achieved through a reliance on aging oil tankers with obscure ownership and insurance from non-western or unknown sources.

Political Assassinations and Unrest

In a separate incident, a car explosion near the Avangard stadium in occupied Luhansk targeted Oleg Popov, a Russian-installed local parliament deputy. Suspilne, the Ukrainian broadcaster, has pointed to the Security Service of Ukraine's (SBU) involvement in the incident. This follows the assassination of another pro-Russian MP, Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko, in a similar car explosion in occupied Luhansk on November 8, where Ukraine's military intelligence agency confirmed its involvement.

Western Commandos Allegedly on Ground in Kiev

In an intriguing twist, a new book by Polish journalist Zbigniew Parafianowicz, 'Polska na Wojnie' (Poland at War), alleges the presence of Western commandos on the ground in Kiev. The book suggests that British special forces were embedded with Ukrainian troops in the early days of the conflict, exploring Warsaw’s role in the neighboring conflict. The claim, if true, offers deeper insight into the involvement of international forces in the Ukrainian conflict.

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