Boris Johnson’s former advisor, Dominic Cummings, launches violent attacks against his former boss. Punched text messages put the prime minister in trouble.
Violent attacks on the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Its former senior adviser Dominic Cummings has defended himself against allegations that he is responsible for passing embarrassing text messages from the Prime Minister and other government officials to the media.
In a long post on his website on Friday, Cummings accused Johnson Communications Minister Jack Doyle of „making a number of false accusations against the media at the request of the prime minister.”
’Standards of efficiency and integrity are declining’
„It is sad to see how deeply the prime minister and his office have retreated from the standards of competence and integrity that the country deserves,” Cummings wrote. At the same time, he came up with counterclaims that shone a light on Johnson.
The background to this is a series of punched text messages from members of the government, which raised suspicions about unfair lobbying. Among other things, it was about an exchange of short messages between Johnson and billionaire businessman James Dyson. British newspapers reported on Friday that Johnson employees suspected Cummings was behind the leaks.
Dominic Cummings: Johnson’s former chief advisor is a strong critic of the prime minister. (Source: Reuters)
For his part, Cummings accused the British Prime Minister of obstructing an internal investigation into what was previously revealed because the person responsible was a friend of his fiancée, Carrie Symonds.
He also spoke widely about Johnson’s alleged plans to finance the renovation of his Downing Street apartment, secretly from private donors. Cummings wrote that he refused to help Johnson with these plans, telling him that they were „immoral, stupid, and possibly illegal.” He offered to repeat his allegations under oath and prove them with the help of private text messages.
The opposition described what was revealed as „extremely harmful”. Labor shadow minister Che Onurah told the Radio Times that they had shown that „this story” of how the country is implementing „via WhatsApp messages with friends” is no exception. Labor Vice President Angela Rayner accused the conservative government of „hesitating between cover-up and deception.” On the other hand, a Downing Street spokesperson denied all allegations against Johnson.
Cummings left his position as Johnson’s top adviser last December. He is considered one of the architects of Johnson’s campaign to leave the European Union in 2016, but at the same time caused controversy due to his confrontational political style. According to media reports, there should have been major disagreements over the chancellor’s role in the cabinet.
Editor’s note: All news about The conflict in Ukraine Read this news ticker. The information comes in part from the warring parties in Ukraine war It cannot be directly verified independently.
+++ 8:14 AM: Pro-Russian separatists accused Ukraine of bombing a brewery in the city of Donetsk. One person was said to have died and several people were injured. The Emergencies Ministry of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic said a shell hit an ammonia pipe late at night, sparking a fire that spanned an area of 600 square metres. Toxic ammonia gas leak.
Gas leakage within a radius of two kilometers. According to the pro-Russian authorities, the gas leak has been stopped, but people are still being asked to retreat into buildings and close doors and windows. Ammonia is toxic and acts as a cell poison. There is a risk of suffocation.
Update from Thursday, August 11, 06:11: It’s the 169th day of the Ukraine war. Even at night fighting finds no rest. In the Donbass in eastern Ukraine, Russian forces continued their advance accompanied by heavy artillery fire. Seven civilians were killed in the town of Bakhmut on Wednesday (10 August). Shops, homes and apartments were also damaged and fires broke out due to the attack. This has now been confirmed by the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office. In a speech, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced retaliation for the Russian air strike.
The president also appealed to the population in the area occupied by Russia and urged the people to contact the Ukrainian armed forces through secure channels to transmit information about the enemy or about his collaborators. In addition, contact with those citizens who are alone or cut off from contact must be maintained. “Talk to them, support them, tell them about our struggle and the possibility of evacuating an empty area,” Zelensky said.
Ukraine news: 'Capture or die’ – separatists warn Ukrainian soldiers
+++ 10.50 pm: Two civilians were said to have been killed in attacks on a village near Kharkiv. This was announced by the local police on Wednesday. Russian forces shelled the Ukrainian-controlled village of Stary Saltyv, around 12 noon. Police accused Russian forces of deliberately attacking apartment buildings and announced an investigation into suspected war crimes.
+++ 10.20 pm: It is said that the pro-Russian forces made advances in several major cities of the Donetsk region. A spokesman for the fighters of the „Donetsk People’s Republic” reported this to Russian media on Wednesday CNN mentioned. It is said that the forces entered the cities of Soledar and Bakhmut, which fought battles a few days ago. In addition, the occupiers took control of the villages of Pisky, Marinka and Avdiivka. And on the latter, the spokesman concluded that „Ukrainian soldiers who are still in the city will either be captured or die.”
News of the Ukraine war: Civilians were killed in a missile attack on Bakhmut
+++ 9.20 pm: Seven civilians were said to have been killed in a Russian attack on the town of Bakhmut. This was reported by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Telegram on Wednesday. Russian forces were said to have bombed high-rise buildings, single-family homes, and shops in the city center with multiple rocket launchers. Six other people were injured.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office is now investigating a suspected war crime. For days, Bakhmut was a target of Russian forces trying to advance into the Donbass region. The Government of Ukraine required all civilians to leave the disputed area.
News about the Ukraine war: power lines from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant could be cut
+++ 8.15 pm: Ukraine threatened to cut power lines to Russia’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. This measure will be announced by the head of the state nuclear energy company Enerhoatom, Petro Kotin, if Russia connects the power plant to the attached Crimea grid. „I think our armed forces will be ready for that if necessary,” the 61-year-old told RBK-Ukrina news agency, adding that Ukrainian power lines would bomb power lines.
According to Kotin, the power plant will have to be completely disconnected from the Ukrainian power system if Russia wants to connect it to the Crimean grid. This would jeopardize the energy supply of the entire Russian-occupied southern Ukraine. Since opening in March, The situation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is tense. And battles take place repeatedly near the furnace, which is apparently used by Russian forces as a military base.
Ukraine war news: Ukrainian army wants to recover Cherson „quickly”.
+++ 7.15 pm: One person was killed in explosions in the Crimea in the Black Sea. These reports The island Quoted from the local health ministry. Eight other people were also injured. The exact cause of the explosion remains unclear (see preliminary report). Ukraine continues to refuse to participate.
Recently, such a statement came from the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar. „The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense cannot determine the cause of the fire, but it does mention fire safety regulations and the ban on smoking in unauthorized places,” she wrote on Facebook.
+++ 5.50 pm: In an interview with the Ukrainian news agency RBC-Ukraine, a high-ranking commander said that they want to liberate the Kherson region from Russian occupation in the coming months. „Unfortunately, I can’t give a time frame or a date. But I want to tell the Kherson people that it won’t take as long as everyone expects. It will be fast,” Major General Dmytro Marchenko said, adding that by the end of the year, they want to have freed Cherson significantly. categorically thus heralding „the end of the active phase of the war.”
And then there will be some local military operations. But by the end of the year we must complete the main phase of this war.
News of the Ukraine war: the destruction of a strategically important bridge
+++ 4.15 pm: According to the Ukrainian military, the missile launches rendered a bridge near the Nowa Kakhovka Dam in southern Ukraine unusable. The Southern Army Command said on Facebook on Wednesday (August 10) that the „strike was accurate” and „effective”. Crew management has no information yet on this. The day before, the Russian channel was RT Only reports of regular bombing of the bridge over the ship channel and the dam itself.
Russia has largely occupied the Cherson region in southern Ukraine on the lower reaches of the Dnipro River. Using long-range missile systems, the Ukrainian army is systematically trying to destroy the only three river crossings in the region. This is intended to prevent the Russian army from replenishing on the Right Bank and to enable the restoration.
News of the Ukraine war: Russia wants to destroy German Gibbard tanks
+++ 3 pm: According to their own statements, Russian forces destroyed a German Gepard tank in southern Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the tank was hit in the area of \u200b\u200bthe city of Mykolaiv. In addition, three Ukrainian combat aircraft were shot down in the area.
Ukraine war news: At least ten Russian planes may have been destroyed
First report from Wednesday, August 10 at 1:35 pm: Kyiv – Ukraine’s war continues unabated. On the 168th day of the war, all eyes are on the Crimea in the Black Sea. „Crimea is Ukraine and we will never abandon it,” the Ukrainian president said. Volodymyr Zelensky After the explosions at a Russian air base. The explosions caused severe damage to the Saki base in western Crimea.
According to Ukrainian sources, at least ten aircraft were destroyed. „After the explosion we saw, it is clear that the air force battalion was hit,” Ukrainian Air Force staff spokesman Yuri Ihnat said on television. According to Henat, Sukhoi Su-30M and Su-24 combat aircraft and Il-76 transport aircraft are stationed there.
Ukraine war news: explosions in Crimea
The reason for the Explosions in CrimeaThe Russia Appendix in 2014 is still not clear. According to official information from Moscow, a violation of fire safety rules is to blame for the accident. On the other hand, many experts assume a Ukrainian attack. The number and strength of the explosions indicate a targeted attack by Ukraine.
The The New York Times A senior Ukrainian army officer was quoted as saying that a weapon developed by Ukraine was used. Selinsky’s advisor Oleksiy Aristovich also spoke informally about an attack with a new Ukrainian weapon.
The focus of military experts is mainly on the new Hrim-2 short-range ballistic missiles. It was developed in Ukraine and is said to have a range of up to 500 km.
The leadership in Kyiv has not claimed responsibility for the bombings so far. But Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolak wrote on Twitter: „This is just the beginning.”
Ukraine war news: Crimea attack will be a major blow to Russia
This will be the first military attack on targets in the Crimea. Symbolically, it will be a similar blow to the Moscow leadership as it was in mid-April The cruiser „Moskva” sank.The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
US military experts Institute for the Study of War According to reports, the Russian leadership does not want to recognize a Ukrainian attack for image reasons. In its analysis, the institute said that Moscow would then have to admit the failure of its air defenses. (cs/dpa)
China is holding military exercises ahead of an expected visit of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that several Chinese warplanes were spotted near the border line in the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday morning.
Several Chinese warships have also been patrolling near the unofficial buffer zone in the strait since Monday. Both Chinese warships and aircraft touched the central line of the waterway. The maneuver is unusual and „extremely provocative”. Taiwan sent aircraft to monitor the situation.
Earlier, senior Taiwanese and US officials said Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan as part of her Asian tour. A Taiwanese lawmaker told dpa in Taipei that Pelosi may arrive in Taipei on Tuesday evening local time from Malaysia.
There may be a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday. According to US media reports, the travel plan is underway, while the Pentagon is monitoring all steps taken by the Chinese side and working „around the clock” to ensure the security of the number three in the United States – after the president. And his deputy – as he was called.
Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tsing-chang evaded an obvious answer on Monday about whether Pelosi would come to Taiwan on Thursday. „We always welcome the visits of highly prized foreign guests to our country,” he told reporters in the capital, Taipei.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not say she would stop on the island on Sunday when she officially confirmed her trip to the Indo-Pacific.
The Chinese leadership reacted nervously to the reports — and did not rule out military responses: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press conference in Beijing on Monday that Pelosi’s Taiwan visit would be „a blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.”
He spoke of a „very serious situation and consequences” for the United States. The Chinese side is fully prepared for all possibilities. „The People’s Liberation Army will not stand idly by, and the Chinese side will definitely take firm and decisive measures to safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Lijian said.
China reacts nervously
Chinese state media have been discussing military reactions for days, ranging from the Chinese Air Force’s escort and maneuvers of Pelosi’s plane to the establishment of a no-fly zone around Taiwan and missile tests. The party’s Global Times newspaper wrote on Twitter that relations between China and the United States were „almost on the edge of a precipice”.
„The countermeasures that the senior leadership is planning to deal with Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan must be more stringent and comprehensive than can be imagined. China’s warning to the United States is not empty talk.”
But the White House warned Beijing against escalation. „There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with long-term US policy into a crisis or conflict,” John Kirby, director of communications for the White House National Security Council, said on Monday.
He said the United States would not engage in „rattle of swords”. Kirby said the visit would not change „anything” in the United States’ one-China policy. The United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but it considers Beijing the legitimate representative of China.
The Communist government of China considers free Taiwan part of its territory and threatens „unification”, militarily if necessary. When Russia launched its war of aggression against Ukraine in February, concerns were raised that China might try to annex the island by force..
Nancy Pelosi will be the highest-ranking US political visitor to receive Taiwan in 25 years. Newt Gingrich, who is also the Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited the island in 1997.
Pelosi originally wanted to travel in April, but had to cancel the trip due to her coronavirus illness. What may be unusual about the speaker’s trip to Taiwan is that she did not announce it in advance.
On Sunday, Pelosi identified Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore as the only destinations, with Pelosi arriving on Monday. She said the focus was on „common security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region”.
Aides to US President Joe Biden also told the New York Times, without revealing their identity, that he had decided not to ask Pelosi to cancel her scheduled trip to Taiwan. This had to do with his respect for the independence of the US Congress.
In addition, he does not want to succumb to the threats of the Chinese leadership. Threats, such as those made by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is said to have told Joe Biden during a phone call: „Those who play with fire will die.”
MEPs Galler and Butekover plan to visit Taiwan later this year
Meanwhile, EU diplomats are concerned about the situation. In light of China’s threats, MEPs Michael Gahler (CDU) and Reinhard Butekofer (the Greens), who specialize in Taiwan and China, have called for solidarity with Taiwan and wish to visit the island this year.
Also in the European Union, “Parliament is the driving force in Taiwan policy.” But the executive branch, who heads the European Parliament’s delegation on relations with China, said the executive branch is acting more cautiously about the disagreement between Pelosi and President Joe Biden over whether it was a good idea to plan their visit or an unnecessary provocation.
Gahler sees no immediate danger to war. China is not ready for war. He observes whether the West in Ukraine is rolling back Russia or stopping aggression. He is the European People’s Party foreign policy spokesman in the European Parliament and president of the 'Formosa Club’, the parliamentary friendship groups for democracy with Taiwan.
Gahler and Butekover are calling for an investment agreement between the European Union and Taiwan. The European Union negotiated a trade agreement with China. It is suspended due to political differences. The investment agreement gives European companies better market access in Taiwan, and the establishment of a Taiwanese semiconductor plant in the European Union is becoming more likely. They will discuss this with the Trade Committee of the European Parliament in Taiwan in December.
Gahler and Butekover caution against moving away from the „one China” policy. The status quo must be defended. Diplomatic recognition of Taiwan is out of the question. „But Europe must not back down when Beijing moves the red lines,” Bütikofer says.
„A pragmatic partnership with Taiwan makes sense for us.” The „panic” about Pelosi’s visit reflects „Xi Jinping’s growing nationalist focus.” China wants to dictate Taiwan policy to the United States, Japan and Europe. „Giving up would be a mistake.”
The United States, in turn, has committed to Taiwan’s ability to defend itself – which so far has essentially meant handing over weapons. However, President Joe Biden has gone further than his predecessors and has repeatedly described it as a US „obligation” to defend Taiwan in the event it comes under attack from China. Tensions over Taiwan have not been this high since the 1990s. (with dpa, Reuters)
It may also be due to the heat and his corona disease, which is currently forcing him to work from home – Anyway, Robert Habeck had a pulse on Thursday.
Habek said shortly after the start of his press conference that he wanted to accept the comment he had read and rejected. Note from the Kremlin: that is to Russia is the guarantor of energy security in Europe. is being.
This is a distortion of every fact.Habek said. “Actually, Russia is using its great power – a very great power that we gave to Russia.” To blackmail Europe and Germany“This is the opposite of the guarantor of energy security.” Puff.
It was a great message from the Economy Minister on the day Putin restarted the gas. Not quite, but at least at least 40 percent, as much as it was before the ten-day maintenance work on Nord Stream 1. But instead of being happy with the obvious, Habeck reacted – offensively. Not just on Putin’s propaganda. And rightly so.
Ideally, we journalists are good at criticizing politics when things go wrong. This is part of our job. We tend to be a little taciturn when someone does something well. This is also part of a whole picture. And Habek did well on Thursday. Instead of playing with Putin, instead of making his most dangerous weapon more powerful than it already is, Habek tried to reduce the damage.
And on several levels. At the beginning of his press conference, which was supposed to be about the gas situation in Germany, Habeck explained why we are in fact in such a sharp mess – and that everything else is much worse. ’The war is still in Europe’, He said. In everything that is being discussed now, one should not forget about it. Russia’s aggression is also one of the reasons for the gas shortage.
One might assume that Habek did not say so out of a sense of duty. Rather, it is an attempt not to let Putin slip away so easily. Because he doesn’t really care if we have to take cold showers and wear thick sweaters. For him, gas is a lever to achieve more.
Putin wants to destroy our democracy, Europe, the West itself. It has been rumored about for a long time now. By pointing out the culprit, Habek is trying to wrest a little bit of the power that Putin wields over us with his most dangerous weapon. Because with the gas faucet, Putin fills up Not only direct distributional disputes in Germany and Europe. This is bad enough. One gas tap too Powerful distraction machine.
while weStaring at the gas pipeline flow meter And they are busy adjusting the hydraulics of our heating, Putin continues his war in Ukraine relentlessly, our exchange of armored rings with NATO partners has failed, the traffic lights coalition is at odds over relief, new tensions are arising in the European Union, there is a fire in Germany and the world because of global warming. The list can be extended.
That’s why another thing Habek did on Thursday came to light in response to Putin. Instead of quelling the 40 percent of the gas that Putin mercifully sends through Nord Stream 1 and giving all the clarity – Habek sounded the alarm.
The Minister of Economy urged suppliers to Store more gashe activated not only hard charcoal but also lignite reserveMake it more possible biogas production – The pressure is increased to save energy. Not only on companies, but also on citizens: more obligatory Heating checkduty to hydraulic balancingAnd the Banning gas heating in private swimming pools.
One or the other can be discussed in detail. But the direction is correct. Because using 40 percent of Nord Stream 1 still means Germany will have to save a lot of gas to get through the next two winters. Furthermore: Putin can achieve lower results again at any timeHe even referred to it with alleged „technical problems” that could be imminent.
The only way to wrest power from Putin is to be independent from him — and as quickly as possible. Through savings and through the expansion of renewable energies. Let’s not get distracted. And let’s look at all the other crises more than just a gas pipeline flow meter.
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