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Russia Illegally Annexes Four Ukrainian Territories

October 1, 2022
On September 30, the following Flash SMS
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9/30 - Russian Pres signs “accession treaties” formally annexing 4 occupied regions of Ukraine. Threatens use of all means to protect Russian territory. See email.

What You Need To Know

This week the world has witnessed some extraordinary developments related to the invasion and occupation of Ukraine. First up, seismic stations operated by Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland on Monday registered two undersea tremors of similar magnitude. At the same time, the pressure dropped in one of the Nord Stream pipelines running 1,200 kilometers from Russia, across the Baltic Sea to Germany. Not long after, Danish authorities ordered ships to steer clear of an area where huge amounts of methane gas was bubbling to the surface. Just hours later, two additional sites with leaks were detected.

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Natural gas bubbling on the surface of the Baltic Sea above one of the the breaks in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. - ALLOW IMAGES

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As of the time of this report's preparation on Friday, a total of four gas leaks on the two Nord Stream pipelines have been reported. Numerous reports cite European officials as saying Russian vessels were seen in the vicinity of the Nord Stream I and II pipelines where they were damaged.

NATO issued a statement on Thursday saying the leaks were the result of deliberate sabotage and attacks on allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a “united and determined response.”

Perhaps awkwardly timed, on Wednesday of this week, the leaders of Poland, Denmark, and Norway officially opened the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. In his comments, Poland's Prime Minister stated;

“The era of Russian domination in the field of gas is coming to an end, the era that was marked by blackmail, threats and extortion.”

The damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 will have limited immediate impact as neither was operational as a result of the geopolitical response to the invasion of Ukraine. Going forward, replacing the badly needed energy supply, and transport route, will be difficult.

For their part, Russia is asking one simple question: "Why would we blow up our own pipelines?"

While there are a host of reasons for them to do so, accusations and theories are flying from multiple nations and interests.


In an interesting side note, the New York Times is reporting that back in June, the C.I.A. issued a vague warning to a number of European nations, including Germany, that the two Nord Stream gas pipelines could be targeted in forthcoming strikes.

Here are Victoria Nuland of the State Department, and Joe Biden, directly stating that Nord Stream 2 will not go into operation if Russia invades Ukraine.

As a result of the attacks, stakeholders across the critical infrastructure spectrum are redoubling their security efforts to deter and prevent similar broad reaching hits with national and international implications.

Illegal Annexation

Last week AlertsUSA reported on Vladimir Putin's announcement that Russian-installed authorities in four, side-by-side regions of Ukraine had announced plans for public referendums on joining Russia, which were set to be held last weekend.

This week, events rolled out quickly. First, the referendum results were published. As expected, each region voted overwhelmingly to join Russia. This was followed on Friday by Vladimir Putin signing various “accession treaties” for the annexation of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk, and Donetsk oblasts.

The signing ceremony was a splashy event held in the massive Georgian Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. This was followed by a Putin delivering a public speech and a concert attended by thousands in Red Square.

In that speech, Putin once again threatened authorities in Kyiv and “their real masters in the West.” He made sweeping proclamations calling Western elites the “enemy,” and blamed the West for global food and energy crises. He also hinted they were responsible for the sabotage of pipelines.

“Sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons. They moved on to sabotage.”

Putin also once again made his threat clear: Russia will use all weapons at it's disposal to protect Russian territory.

This raises the question: At what point will Russia grow weary of losing occupied territory to Ukrainian counter offenses and up their battlefield game?

The international response to the annexation of the Ukrainian territory has been fast. Shortly after Putin’s address, the US announced new sanctions against Russia, including against more Russian military officials and entities supporting Russia and Belarus’s military sectors.

The White House also issued a written statement from Joe Biden:

“Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders.”

The response of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was much more telling and can be seen here.

This is a dangerous situation with implications both in the region and beyond. It is to be expected that NATO nations would be well into further increasing their readiness, including several reporting the distribution of potassium iodide tablets to local authorities to have closer to the population in the event nuclear weapons enter use. Even the Russian government is placing emergency orders for the pills.

Our domestic source for potassium iodide tablets is KI4U Inc. of Gonzales, TX.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


9/25 - Tropical storm warnings / watches issued for the FL Keys and portions of the Peninsula ahead of the arrival of Ian. Rapid intensification forecast. See email.

9/26 - Hurricane warnings / watches issued for the FL Keys and portions of the Peninsula ahead of the arrival of Ian. Dangerous storm surge forecast. See email.

9/27 - Life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding expected in the FL peninsula. Track for hurricane Ian shifting south. Cat 4 forecast. See email.

9/29 - Hurricane warning issued for coastal SC as tropical storm Ian expected to regain strength over the Atlantic with landfall Friday. More via email.

9/29 - POTUS says Ian could be the "deadliest hurricane in Florida history," following briefing at FEMA HQ. "We're hearing reports of substantial loss of life."

9/29 - Hurricane Ian taking aim at the Carolinas and Georgia with life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds. Max sustained winds near 75 mph. See email.

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Ukraine War Update+

As of October 1, 2022
What You Need To Know

According UK Ministry of Defense:

On 30 September 2022, Russian forces almost certainly struck a convoy south-east of the town of Zaporizhzhia. Local authorities report 25 civilians killed. The munition involved was likely a Russian long-range air defense missile being used in a ground attack role.

Russia’s stock of such missiles is highly likely limited and is a high-value resource designed to shoot down modern aircraft and incoming missiles, rather than for use against ground targets.

Its use in ground attack role has almost certainly been driven by overall munitions shortages, particularly longer-range precision missiles.

On the same day, President Putin signed annexation agreements for Zaporizhzhia and other parts of occupied Ukraine.

Russia is expending strategically valuable military assets in attempts to achieve tactical advantage and in the process is killing civilians it now claims are its own citizens.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

October 1, 2022

The Threat Of High Altitude Nuclear Detonations

Aurora Borealis is the scientific term given to the natural light phenomenon of the Northern Lights. On July 9, 1962, the light phenomenon that Hawaiians watched was anything but natural. On that day, the Atomic Energy Commission, in collaboration with the Defense Atomic Support Agency, detonated a thermonuclear device in low Earth orbit. The test was codenamed Starfish Prime and it revealed an unfortunate lesson: Even one high altitude nuclear detonation is particularly effective at destroying satellites. Not only were satellites in the line of sight destroyed, but even satellites on the other side of Earth were damaged and rendered inoperable. Starfish Prime damaged or destroyed roughly one third of all satellites in low Earth orbit at the time.

The ongoing commercialization of space with cost effective bulk electronics presents a tantalizing target for nations with a space disadvantage to target long-before a conflict could escalate to nuclear exchange. Therefore, the Department of Defense should get serious about planning for and countering the threat of high altitude nuclear detonations, starting with its various science and technology funding organizations.

~ READ MORE HERE (War On The Rocks) ~

Why America Must Lead

The world is on fire. Syria has fallen apart. Russia has seized Ukrainian land. And China is flexing its muscles. Who can put these fires out? As Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark's former Prime Minister and NATO's former Secretary General explains, only the United States. This video is from 2017 and is as powerful now as it was then. Well worth

~ READ MORE HERE (Prager University) ~

How Civilizations Will Be Decided

More than half the increase of the global population projected by 2050 will be concentrated in just eight countries, mostly in Africa, according to The Economist: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and Tanzania. Nigeria will have more inhabitants than Europe and the United States.

The Western world has provided more wealth and convenience to more citizens than any other civilization in history. We are practically inundated with resources, but we are running out of people, the only truly indispensable resource.

~ READ MORE HERE (Gatestone Institute) ~

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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
October 1, 2022

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept 26, 2022 based on U.S. Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

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World News Roundup
October 1, 2022


China has opened overseas police stations in US and Canada
China opened 30 illegal police stations in 21 nations
Canadian hockey players in Russia, Belarus advised to leave
People trapped, millions without power after Ian slams Florida
US urges energy operators to be on high alert after Nord Stream blasts
Former NSA employee arrested on espionage-related charges
How disinformation shut down US special operators
Most Americans are too unhealthy for military service
AUKUS capacity shortfall ‘comes as no surprise’
Ex-NSA employee, army veteran, tried to sell secrets to spies
New Army command in Wiesbaden to coordinate war support for Ukraine


Ukraine calls emergency meeting of security chiefs, major decisions expected
Hungary cannot support any new EU energy sanctions against Russia
Hungary PM Orban says EU sanctions on Russia have 'backfired'
Moldova to pay Gazprom late advance payment to avert gas cut off -source
Top propagandist for Putin spotted fleeing Russia into Georgia
EU state threatens to block new anti-Russia sanctions
23 dead after Ukrainian civilians trying to help relatives flee
Norway and Denmark tighten infrastructure security after pipeline attack'
Denmark’s defense minister concerned about security in Baltic Sea region
"Heightened vigilance" at Swedish nuclear plants after Nord Stream leaks
Russia’s stripped its western borders to feed the fight in Ukraine


Iran arrests Europeans accused of role in unrest
Seven wounded in rocket attack on Iraq's Green Zone as parliament sits
Lebanese parliament fails to elect new head of state
US calls on Israel to investigate death of Palestinian boy
UK will resume relations with Sudan only under civilian government
Three leaders meet in Bamako to negotiate release of 46 Ivorian soldiers
Burkina Faso army captain announces overthrow of military government
Nigeria squanders oil price bonanza as gasoline subsidies soar
Iran president says Amini's death is 'tragic incident', but 'chaos' unacceptable


Calls grow for China and India to talk sense into Putin
U.S. Imposes oil sanctions on Chinese firms it accuses of helping Iran
N. Korea fires ballistic missiles marking the fouth launch this week
N. Korea may conduct 7th nuclear test between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7
N. Korea likely saw present as right time to boost nuclear capabilities
S. Korea mulls tightening sanctions against N. Korea over missile launches
S. Korea, U.S., Japan to hold trilateral anti-sub drills in East Sea
S. Korea's top nuclear envoy outlines yoon's bold initiative to NATO
Yoon to visit U.S. next year on 70th anniv. of alliance
Kyrgyzstan: Ethnic Tajiks uneasy after border conflict
Suicide attacker kills at least 19 in Kabul school blast


What is Ebola and why is Uganda's outbreak so serious?
Alzheimer’s treatment slowed cognitive decline in closely watched trial

Peak Prosperity with Dr. Chris Martenson.

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Hurricane Preparedness Resources

These resources provide actionable guidance to government officials and the general public on how to prepare for and respond to extreme tropical weather events. The links below jump directly to the resource page of each organization.

Dept. of Defense
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Nat'l Oceanic and Atmos. Admin (NOAA)
Dept of Labor / OSHA
Red Cross

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Travel Security Resources

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to research on the security situation at your destination prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices
Worldwide Caution

Active USGOV Travel Advisories
Alphabetical Country List
Dynamic Map

Other USGOV Travel Resources
Traveler's Checklist
Smart Traveler Enrollment Prog (STEP)
Travelers with Special Considerations
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Faith-Based Travel Information
Information for Women Travelers
Cruise Ship Passengers
Students Abroad
Your Health Abroad
Driving and Road Safety Abroad

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.


Foreign Sources of Travel Guidance

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