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    Bellingcat Denies Officials' Responsible For Failed Ukrainian Plot - Zelenski Fires Said Officials Archived Message

    Posted by Keith-264 on July 26, 2022, 11:27 am

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/bellingcat-denies-officials-responsible-for-failed-ukrainian-plot-zelenski-fires-said-officials.html#more

    Bellingcat Denies Officials' Responsible For Failed Ukrainian Plot - Zelenski Fires Said Officials

    A few hours after the revelations about the failed Ukrainian secret operation to hijack Russian fighter airplanes were published, Bellingcat's lead Russia investigator Christo Grozev added a few more flimsy excuses for his deep involvement in the failed clandestine scheme:

    Christo Grozev @christogrozev - 14:52 UTC Jul 25, 2022

    An important P.S. based on questions from readers.
    The Ukrainian operation was not a project of either SBU or GUR. (If it were, there'd be no way we would - or want to - get access to it). It was organized by maverick ex operatives whom we got to know in the Wagner investigation.

    So all the Russian statements from today - claiming this was a "GUR" (Military Intel) operation "with support from NATO" - total, unadulterated bollocks. The whole of the FSB CI were fighting tooth and nail against a bunch of, essentially, volunteers. And not for the first time.

    Ah. Sure. The following is just a weird 'unadulterated bollocks' coincidence ...

    Russians With Attitude @RWApodcast - 16:27 UTC Jul 25, 2022

    Zelensky has removed Ruslan Demchenko from his position as First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council & dismissed Grigoriy Galagan as commander of the AFU Special Operations Forces, replacing him with Viktor Horenko

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    Erik Zimerman @ZimermanErik - 1:39 UTC Jul 26, 2022

    [...] After the release of this information, we learned of two high level dismissals in the Ukrainian government. #Zelensky fired the First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Ruslan Demchenko. As part of the Council, which among other tasks coordinates security matters and advises the president, he very well may have been involved in clandestine matters such as this operation. He also worked as deputy minister of foreign affairs.

    Perhaps more tellingly Zelensky also fired the commander of Special Operations Forces (SSO), Hryhoriy Halahan. Until 2016 these units were under the Chief Directorate of Intelligence (HUR / GUR), and so are highly correlated with this kind of operation. The SSO includes psychological warfare units and can be regarded as special forces (Spestnaz) of military intelligence. An operation such as the one Bellingcat and Christo Grozev, aiming at the defection of Russian pilots and their planes to Ukraine, would be right up the alley of the SSO.

    More of Erik Zimerman's interesting thoughts about the case can be found here and here.

    The whole thing wasn't Mr. Grozev's first foray into making stuff up to further a false narrative. Here is a video documenting previous dishonest behavior by him:

    Bellingcat Scams MH17 Warplane Witness

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    • Bellingcat Denies Officials' Responsible For Failed Ukrainian Plot - Zelenski Fires Said Officials - Keith-264 July 26, 2022, 11:27 am