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Ukraine War: Russian hypersonic missile strike leaves at least nine dead

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Russian missile strikes in Ukraine Thursday –including the use of six nuclear capable hypersonic missiles- have U.S. Defense officials on edge as war escalates in the region. Moreover, at least nine Ukrainian civilians tragically lost their lives Thursday during the deadly strike.

This is the first time since the early months of the war in Ukraine that Russia has launched hypersonic missiles. According to the BBC, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “High-precision long-range air, sea and land-based weapons, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system, hit key elements of Ukraine’s military infrastructure.”

Thirty-four cruise missiles and four Iranian-made Shahed drones were shot down according to Ukrainian military officials. Those officials also reported that they were incapable of intercepting the six Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles. The Hypersonic missiles can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.

The attack “was like never before” according to a Ukrainian air force spokesperson. The missiles struck a vast array of Ukranian cities all the way from Kharkiv to Odesa. The largest nuclear plan in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia plant, was also hit and left many Ukrainians in the dark until the power was restored later Thursday.

Power outages were seen across the city of Odesa due to an energy plant that was reportedly hit by one of the Russian missiles but thankfully there were no casualties in the wake of the strike.

Kyiv, Ukraines capitol, was also a target of the strikes and blasts could be heard in the south and western districts of the city. According to reports, emergency services arrived at the various sites of the blasts to assist in the aftermath of damage left from the missile strikes.

This story is developing.

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Palestinians in Gaza stealing food aid before it can be delivered, ‘nothing getting through’

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The United Nations has proven to be incredibly trustworthy and bias against Israel as it fights for its survival against Hamas. Senior U.N. aid official Edem Wosornu said there were “insufficient supplies and fuel to provide any meaningful level of support to the people of Gaza as they endure Israel’s military onslaught against Hamas militants.”

However, food and medicine for Palestinians in Gaza are piling up in Egypt because the Rafah crossing remains closed and there has been no aid delivered to a U.N. warehouse from a U.S.-built pier for two days, reports Reuters.

National Review explains the issue: the food aid is getting stolen before it can reach the World Food Program warehouse . . . just eight miles away. Once the food aid leaves the pier, the United Nations, international partners, and the “humanitarian community” oversee getting the aid to those who need it most. And they’re getting robbed, hijacked, and mugged.

The Gaza Pier is complete and operational, which is what the Biden administration wanted, allowing for headlines such as: “U.S. military starts delivering aid to Gaza through floating pier” this past weekend. However, “what you’re not as likely to hear about is what happens to the aid after it leaves the pier” writes National Review.

Apparently some Palestinians stole so much of the aid from the first shipments that the following shipments are on hold until authorities can find enough security.

Reuters tells the grim tale:

Aid deliveries began arriving at a U.S.-built pier on Friday as Israel comes under growing global pressure to allow more supplies into the besieged coastal enclave. The U.N. agreed to assist in coordinating aid distribution from the floating pier, but has remained adamant that deliveries by land are the best way to combat the crisis.

The U.N. said that 10 truckloads of food aid – transported from the pier site by U.N. contractors – were received on Friday at a World Food Program warehouse in Deir El Balah in Gaza.

But on Saturday, only five truckloads made it to the warehouse after 11 others were cleaned out by Palestinians during the journey through an area that a U.N. official said has been hard to access with humanitarian aid. [Emphasis added.]

“They’ve not seen trucks for a while,” a U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. “They just basically mounted on the trucks and helped themselves to some of the food parcels.”

The U.N. did not receive any aid from the pier on Sunday or Monday. “We need to make sure that the necessary security and logistical arrangements are in place before we proceed,” said the U.N. official.

In summation, Palestinians in Gaza stole the food parcels before they could be distributed at the intended destination, and nothing’s gotten through since Saturday.
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