Source: Cuban pitcher, 19, may get record bonus

Cuban right-hander Luis Morales, a coveted 19-year-old prospect who is expected to demand a record-breaking sum for a pitcher from the international bonus pool, will be eligible to sign with an MLB team on Sept. 7 after being declared a free agent on Thursday, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The Oakland Athletics are considered heavy favorites to sign Morales, who peaked at 97 mph or 99 mph in various workouts for MLB teams. He defected from the Cuban U-23 team in Mexico City in September 2021.

Morales, who held open showcases for teams in January and April in Mexico City, has a breaking ball that projects to be above average, but his changeup is a clear third pitch and his command still comes and goes, as is common for pitchers with that kind of velocity as a teenager.

Since most of the pool money in this current international signing period has been spent, Morales is expected to sign when the next period begins on Jan. 15.

The biggest bonus given to a pitcher since the international bonus pool was capped was to Cuban right-hander Sandy Gaston, who was given $2.61 million by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. Shohei Ohtani received $2.315 million from the Los Angeles Angels in Dec. 2017.

Oakland has had a strategy of spending at the top of the international market of late. If the Athletics can land Morales as expected, it would have echoes a bold move from the team’s past. Prior to the salary cap, the A’s set an international bonus record in 2008 by signing Dominican right-hander Michael Ynoa to a $4.25 million bonus.

Overall international pool amounts for each MLB team range from approximately $4.5 million to just over $6 million each year. The highest bonus for a pitcher in this current period was $1.7 million to Jarlin Susana, an 18-year-old right-hander who has already hit triple digits with his fastball and was included in the Juan Soto trade package from San Diego to Washington.

Pitchers are seen as a much bigger risk to teams at this age, with the top players usually signing at age 16. The top 15 bonuses in the current international signing period have all gone to position players, and at least one position player has received at least $4 million each year under this system.

Beisbolfr.com first reported the news of Morales being declared a free agent by MLB.

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Asteroid 2022 QX4, clocked at 31644kmph, to fly past Earth SOON! And NASA issues warning – HT Tech

NASA has issued a warning that Asteroid 2022 QX4 will fly past Earth on August 29. Here’s what we know.

NASA has issued a warning that an asteroid will fly past Earth on August 29. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 QX4, will miss Earth by just a few million kilometers. According to scientists, this asteroid could cause massive damage on Earth if it deviates from its orbit due to the pull of Earth’s gravitational field. Here’s what we know about Asteroid 2022 QX4.

Asteroid 2022 QX4

According to NASA, Asteroid 2022 QX4 is nearly as big as an aeroplane, at a width of 140 feet. The asteroid is expected to just miss Earth at a distance of 1.83 million kilometers on August 29. The Asteroid 2022 QX4 has been clocked at a staggering speed of 31,644 kilometers per hour, heading for Earth.

Although this asteroid is not expected to cause any potential damage, it still has been classified as a “Potentially Hazardous Object” due to the close proximity with which it will fly past Earth. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office classifies Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) as potentially hazardous if they come within 8 million kilometers of Earth.

Can asteroids be exploited for resources?

Near Earth Objects (NEOs) such as Asteroids and Comets revolve around the Sun in their own orbit. Although potentially dangerous, these NEOs could also be utilized for useful resources. The process is called Asteroid Mining.

Asteroids are generally made up of rocky minerals and Comets are balls of ice. Asteroids could come in handy when building structures in space, such as bases on other planets or even the Moon. Asteroids are usually composed of nickel and iron or silicate materials and nickel-iron. Due to their 85 percent metal structure, they could be an excellent source of minerals. It is even said that the raw materials extracted from asteroids could even exceed the metal reserves present on Earth.

English Teacher Who Overstayed Visa Describes Chinese Prison Ordeal

A British teacher who ended up in a Chinese prison for overstaying his visa has spoken about his “horrific” ordeal.

Daniel Thompson, 48, had been working as an English teacher in Jinan, a city in eastern China, since October 2019. He said police found his visa had expired last month and he was jailed for a week at a “mountain prison.”

Thompson says he was locked up along with people who had been jailed for gambling offenses. He said boredom was the biggest challenge—although cramped conditions and a toilet that was little more than a hole in the ground were also tough.

Thompson, who said he had never previously been in trouble with the law, is now back home in Bournemouth, England. His ordeal, however, has not put him off from traveling.

Thompson said: “None of it seemed real until I was being driven to the prison with a load of other Chinese convicts. It was the most horrific week of my life, and when I think back about my experience, it terrifies me.”

Thompson said he has taught all over the globe during his 17-year career but doesn’t have an official degree. This meant he couldn’t qualify for a Chinese work visa, so instead traveled using a business visa, and then worked using a humanitarian visa, which he renewed monthly.

After he broke his leg in an e-bike accident, he was unable to renew his visa, Thompson said, and he’d run out of pages on his passport to stamp. He then needed to apply for a new passport from the British passport office in Beijing before he was able to leave the country.

Daniel Thompson’s photos from his time in China, undated. The 48-year-old English teacher recently gave his account of how he was kept in a “mountain prison” for a week in China for overstaying his visa.
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But, just as he recovered from his leg injury, he said he received a message from the police in April asking him to come to the station so they could check his documents. At this point, Thompson’s monthly visa had expired, and the school he was working for had failed to provide him with a new one.

He informed the police, and, after a string of interrogations, they decided his mishap was worthy of a week-long prison stint before he was deported.

“I got the job online, and I was assured by the agency I got the job through that I could work with a humanitarian visa. Although that was true, when I got there, I found out I needed to renew it monthly, which was fine until I snapped my leg in a biking accident,” Thompson said.

“I was in the hospital for weeks, unable to walk or work, and my visa expired. Not only could I physically not go to the immigration department to renew it, but my passport, on which they stamp the monthly visa, had run out of pages.

Daniel Thompson poses in an undated photo. The 48-year-old English teacher said he had run out of his monthly visa as well as pages on his British passport that would enable him to renew his visa to stay in China.
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“I needed a new one before I could get my next month’s visa which took ages to come, and in that time, the police sent me a text. I thought it would be fine, and I’d just explain my situation, but that wasn’t the case.

“They believed I was working illegally, and they called me into the station to do a string of interrogations. The room I was interrogated in was designed to intimidate you, and each time there were five police officers in the room with me.

“One time, the head of police came in and started screaming at me calling me a liar saying my story was false—it was so scary. I forked out a fortune for a Chinese lawyer who spoke English, but in the end, I was still handed a week prison sentence for overstaying my visa. There was no trial or formal process—they just decided among themselves that that was my punishment.”

Thompson said he was transferred to a detention center 30 minutes into the mountains, just outside Jinan, on July 25, where he then carried out his punishment. He was locked in a cell with 14 other inmates who were all in there for various different low-level crimes.

Before he was imprisoned, he was stripped of all his belongings and was unable to communicate with the outside world at all during his sentence. All the inmates were Chinese and not one person, including the guards, spoke any English.

Inmates had an “upside-down bucket” to sit on and a “rock-hard prison bed” with one blanket—but the toilet was nothing more than a hole in the ground, according to Thompson. He said the prisoners were only allowed to lie on the bed at night, meaning, for the rest of the time, he was sandwiched between inmates with almost no space to move.

Daniel Thompson’s photos from his time in China, undated. The 48-year-old English teacher said he shared a prison cell with 14 others after he was handed a week-long prison sentence for overstaying his visa.
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In defiance of his sentence, Thompson attempted to go on a hunger strike throughout his time in prison. He said he only ate two rolls and a boiled egg the entire time he was there. He said: “The prison guards were simply there to make your experience as difficult and as uncomfortable as possible.

“The cells were tiny and held 14 prisoners each, none of whom I could communicate with. We couldn’t lie down during the day so my whole body ached from standing constantly.

“There was nothing to do but stare mindlessly into space until mealtime came and food was delivered to our cell. The worst part of it all was being locked in one small, cramped space for seven days—the mental cruelty of it all was horrendous and hard to bear.

“I communicated with two guys through sign language, who said they were locked up for playing poker in their own homes. Gambling is illegal in China and they were sentenced to 12 days each.”

Thompson said he was released after seven days to the front of the prison, where guards shoved him out the gates onto the road. They closed the gate behind him, offering no transport back to the police station where his belongings had been confiscated from him.

Thompson said he eventually flagged down a cab that agreed to take him to the station on the condition that he would pay on arrival, where police withheld his money. After picking up his new passport from immigration, Thompson said was deported and flew back to Heathrow from Beijing Airport on August 11.

“On the way to the airport, I was convinced something would go wrong and I wouldn’t be able to leave,” Thompson said.

“But thankfully, I was allowed to board the plane with no complications. I couldn’t even get a beer on the flight back which really summed up my whole experience. When I arrived at Heathrow, I felt like kissing the ground—I was so grateful just to be back in the U.K.

“I can now say I’ve spent a week inside a Chinese jail, which was the most stressful and horrific time of my life. But it hasn’t put me off teaching abroad, and I’m confident I’ll be traveling again in no time.”

A spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office said: “We provided consular assistance to a British man in China.”

Produced in association with SWNS.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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New ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5 Villain May Be Scarier Than Serena Waterford

May the Lord open…a new Gilead up north. That’s Gladys Wheeler’s hope, at least.

When the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale drops on Hulu on September 14, there’ll be a terrifying new woman in teal to contend with: Gladys Wheeler, a Toronto citizen who idolizes Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and all she did to create the totalitarian regime of Gilead in the United States. For viewers, one would hope, that makes her a bad guy. For the actress who plays her, Genevieve Angelson, it’s not that simple.

“Instead of playing a villain on a very dark TV show,” Angelson told Newsweek, “I decided that I was going to play a grown-up in a world full of characters [like the rebels] who were wildly out of touch with the severity of the circumstances at hand.”

Fans of the award-winning series, created by Bruce Miller, and its source material, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, know those circumstances to be the impending extinction of the human race due to widespread infertility. In the face of that possibility, a community of religious zealots—commanders and their wives—constructed a society in which rape, slavery and kidnapping are all considered righteous means to a glorious end: more babies to populate the earth.

Genevieve Angelson at the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards on August 13, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California. She’ll appear in the fifth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which premieres September 14.
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“Instead of saying, ‘I’m someone who identifies with women having no rights and rape being OK,’ which for me is not possible to do as a human being, I had to say, ‘I don’t love this and I didn’t choose this. I am my own hero because I’m willing to make hard decisions,'” Angelson said. “That is the way I was able to offer compassion to what could so easily be two-dimensional.”

In the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, Canada has long been the lone beacon of hope, the place right across the border where refugees of Gilead, including title character June (executive producer Elisabeth Moss) can start to heal from the trauma of their experience (or channel their rage into revenge) and fight to take down Gilead.

With a new regime potentially cropping up in Toronto, the fifth season destabilizes the notion that anywhere is safe from tyranny. And with Serena’s husband, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), dead on the wall at the hands of the handmaids, it’s possible that the timing might just be perfect for Serena to find a new ally.

It was announced this year that series regular Alexis Bledel (Emily) would not be returning to the show. In addition to Moss and Strahovski, Bradley Whitford (Commander Lawrence), who, per Angelson, will also direct; Ann Dowd (Lydia Clements); O.T. Fagbenle (Luke Bankole); and Samira Wiley (Moira Strand) will be back.

For Angelson, who in the past year has also appeared on This Is Us, New Amsterdam and The Afterparty, the experience of joining a beloved Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning show in its fifth season was a delicate affair.

“You walk in with total respect for the machine,” she said. “This is one of the most successful, respected shows on TV. It needs me to melt into it seamlessly.”

Most of her scenes are with Strahovski, who plays her character’s idol.

“She is an incredible actress, so it was very effortless for me to sort of go in, on camera, playing someone who is a deep admirer of hers, to off camera, saying, ‘I have to tell you I absolutely f**king loved you in Golden Boy on Broadway.”

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Woman ‘Infuriated’ by Passenger’s Ponytail on Flight Blasted Online

The internet has slammed a woman who complained about the passenger in the chair in front of theirs having their ponytail hanging over, saying she should ask them to remove it rather than complain about it online.

In a post shared Thursday on Reddit the passenger, who goes by the username u/Smelli24u, shared a picture of the ponytail hanging over her tray table lock, with a caption that read: “OC Why are people like this???”

According to data by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2022, as of August 23, there have been a total of 1,838 reports of unruly passengers, 633 of which have caused investigations to be initiated—though it must be noted that, as far as Newsweek is aware, no unruliness was reported due to the hanging ponytail.

A stock image shows a tired passenger resting his eyes. The internet has slammed a woman who complained online about a passenger’s hair, saying she should have just told them.
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Security violations are excluded because those cases are handled by the Transportation Security Administration. The repercussions for unruly passengers can be substantial, they can be fined by the FAA or prosecuted on criminal charges, and these fines can go up to $37,000 per violation.

In 2021, a much higher number of investigation were launched: 1,099. And nearly 3 out of 4 unruly passenger reports were related to mask compliance due to COVID-19 regulations. From 2010 to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the number of investigations initiated surpassed 150 twice.

The post, which was first shared on Thursday on the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit, has gone viral, receiving over 22,300 upvotes and almost 4,000 comments.

“Could it be appropriate to just be mildly infuriated at 6 am on a flight about it? Or is raging the only option?” asked the original poster.

Most people agreed the poster should have just asked the passenger to move their hair, while some provided more unconventional suggestions.

One user, Cassiopeia78 said: “Just tell her. I had to tell a woman the same thing the other day and she was very apologetic.” And DinoRue added: “Half of Reddit advice and venting posts revolve around trying to avoid real-life interaction with people.”

Baronofcream commented: “Why are people like this? You mean non-confrontational to the point where it ruins their entire day, when simply letting the person know that their hair is in the way would solve the problem instantly in most cases? I don’t know, dude. I don’t know.”

Another user, ADHDK said: “To be fair this one at least is actually taller than the seat and that’s just where the ponytail goes, it’s nowhere near as obnoxious as the people who take effort to flick their hair over. Maybe let them know you’re about to eat and drink and don’t want to get any on their hair politely?”

And Shnazzberry suggested: “Whisper to them, ‘your hair smells nice.’ Problem solved. (Obligatory disclaimer that I’m kidding, please don’t).” And DiscombobulatedLuck8 added: “Or sniff loudly and whisper ‘If I didn’t have covid I bet this would smell good…'”

AphoticTide wrote: “Don’t kid about an obvious solution. This will literally teach them to not do this as often. In fact, most people actually do recommend doing this. Start by playing with their hair like a cat and then if they don’t move it start sniffing it loudly. Works 110% of the time. 01% then you’ll end up getting a date.”

Newsweek reached out to u/Smelli24u for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

If you have a similar story, let us know via life@newsweek.com. We can ask experts for advice, and your story could be featured on Newsweek.

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Redmi Note 11 SE with 64MP triple cameras launched at Rs 13,499: Features, availability and more – India TV News

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Xiaomi’s Redmi has added yet another Note series device and launched the new Redmi Note 11 SE in the Indian market which has been priced at Rs 13,499. The smartphones will go on sale on August 31 and the device will be available from the official website of Xiaomi, channel partners and via Flipkart. 

The handset is said to be inspired by the model of the iPhone SE and it further comes with many similar specs as compared to the existing Note 11 device, but the only considerable changes are those, which helped in making the device more affordable. 

Let us talk about the features of the new Note 11 SE:

The smartphone features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with 2400×1080 pixel resolution. Powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 chipset (which was also seen in the Note 10S), the handset comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded further by using a microSD card. 

The newbudget-oriented Redmi Note 11 SE supports MIUI which further features the Reading mode 3.0 and Sunlight mode 2.0. For connectivity, the device comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and on the camera front, the device features a 13-megapixel front shooter. On the back, the smartphone comes with a triple rear camera- a 64MP wide-angle shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter, and a 2MP macro camera. The camera app further comes bundled with modes like AI Beautify, AI portrait mode with bokeh, Night mode and depth control. 

Furthermore, the key features further include an AI face unlock, fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM card slot, IP53 rating and dual-band Wi-Fi. The company also claims to have low blue-light certified by SGS – a leading testing, inspection and certification company. And the device is further backed with a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W of fast charging.

The Redmi Note 11 SE will be available in three colour variants – black, white and blue.

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Sony PS5 prices rise globally, Microsoft says its Xbox Series X|S won’t get pricey – HT Tech

Sony PS5 prices have been hiked across the globe citing component price hikes. Microsoft meanwhile has other ideas.

Bad news for gamers! If you have been planning to get the PlayStation 5, there’s bad news for you. Sony has recently announced its plans to hike prices of the PlayStation 5 console in select global markets that include Europe, Japan and Britain. The price hike is due to the rising interest rates in these countries. However, in the US market, Sony keeps the prices unchanged due to rival Microsoft not making any such moves. Unlike the PS5, the Xbox Series X/S consoles will not see any price hikes across the world.

“We’re seeing high global inflation rates, as well as adverse currency trends, impacting consumers and creating pressure on many industries,” Sony Interactive Entertainment Chief Executive Jim Ryan wrote in a blog post. Sony currently says that it is raising the price of the disk drive-equipped variant of the PlayStation 5 to 549.99 euros ($550.81). The price was previously set at 499.99 euros in Europe. Sony is yet to announce any such price hikes in India.

PS5 gets pricey while Xbox Series X|S stays the same

Sony has currently announced price hikes in the markets of Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Canada. However, Microsoft has confirmed not changing the price anytime soon in these markets. Hence, in the US market, the Xbox Series S will continue have the $299 price tag whereas the Xbox Series X will have a $499 price tag.

With this change in price, the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles will now offer better value than ever. Unlike the PlayStation, Microsoft offers its more affordable and accessible Xbox Game Pass services, allowing players to try out the latest games at a monthly subscription price. Sony, meanwhile, has been accused of asking higher prices for its older PlayStation titles lately.

In India though, Microsoft sells the Xbox Series S as the cheapest current-gen console. The Series S is available on Flipkart at a price of Rs. 33,250, which makes it highly affordable. The Xbox Series X, however, isn’t easily available in India. Sony continues holding limited unit sales of the PS5 in India as well.

Watch: Rare Bonhomie At Pakistan Border, Bhangra On Sidhu Moose Wala Song – NDTV

The video shows Indian soldiers performing bhangra steps.

It is often said that music is a powerful tool that unites people and can transcend all boundaries. A recent video doing rounds on the internet seems to have strengthened this belief.

In the video shared by Indian Police Services officer HGS Dhaliwal on Twitter, Indian Army personnel are seen enjoying the Punjabi song Bambiha Bole by Amrit Maan and late Sidhu Moose Wala.

The video shows Indian soldiers performing bhangra steps to the music at an army post in a hilly region. As the camera zooms into the other side of the border, a soldier at the Pakistani post is seen waving to the Indian side.

“Sidhu’s songs playing across the border, bridging the divide,” the IPS officer, who shared the video, said in his tweet.

The clip has accumulated more than 1,58,000 views on Twitter and many paid tributes to the Punjabi singer and rapper who was shot dead in May. 

“This is so overwhelming and emotional. People across the borders too felt the pain of his loss. May he be in peace now,” wrote a user.

Many echoed the sentiment of Mr Dhaliwal and highlighted how music can bridge the gap between borders.

“Omg, it’s so mesmerising, we love him, we love him, this video is the expression of thousands of Pakistani fans,” another said.

This person stressed that even after the artiste’s death, his music has stayed alive.

A person summed up the video in one line. “Religion divides us, while music unites us.”

Many shared the same belief that the love for music knows no bounds.

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead in broad daylight in Punjab’s Mansa district when he was travelling to visit his aunt in Barnala.

Grandmother Arrested in Connection to 10-Month-Old’s Overdose: Police

Nearly a month after police and paramedics responded to a call in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, regarding an unresponsive 10-month-old infant who was reportedly suffering an overdose, an arrest was made.

According to a release issued by the Allegheny County Police Department, Robbie Boyer, 47, was arrested and charged on Thursday with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials used naloxone to reverse the effects of the overdose that occurred on July 31 and brought the infant to the hospital in critical condition. Two other children in Boyer’s care also reportedly tested positive for controlled substances.

Here, a stock image of drugs spilling out of a small bag. A woman was recently arrested for her alleged involvement in her infant grandchild’s overdose in Pennsylvania.
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said that naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which blocks the effects of opioids, including heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

“Administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose, naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long,” the agency said. “Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering/receiving naloxone.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2019, nearly 50,000 people died from an overdose that involved opioids.

More than 5,000 people died from an overdose in 2020 in Pennsylvania, per the CDC.

Officials said that detectives with the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit investigated the scene and determined Boyer was responsible for her grandchild’s overdose.

In addition to the infant suffering an overdose, officials said a 9-year-old tested positive for cocaine metabolites, while a 3-year-old tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl.

CBS affiliate station KDKA reported that Boyer fled the area when police arrived, and an arrest warrant was issued.

Boyer was arrested Thursday after she returned to her house.

“McKees Rocks Officers and Allegheny County Police Detectives entered the residence and were successful in apprehending Boyer while she hid under clothing in a bedroom closet,” officials with the McKees Rocks Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Newsweek reached out to the Allegheny County Police Department for comment.

This incident is one of many involving children who have suffered overdoses.

In January, parents in Ohio were arrested after one toddler died and another was poisoned after they ingested fentanyl. The parents reportedly used and sold illegal drugs.

Police reported that seven children under the age of eight were hospitalized in Virginia after a suspected overdose. It was not clear what the children ingested, but investigators said they believe the children took sleeping pills.

One child was reportedly forced to clean his uncle’s fentanyl paraphernalia in New Jersey, which led to a fatal overdose.

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Russia Withdrawing Jets From Crimea Amid Attacks From Ukraine – Report

Russia is withdrawing fighter jets from Crimea after multiple suspected Ukrainian attacks, according to a NATO report.

The war between Ukraine and Russia has recently passed the six-month mark with no clear end in sight.

However, according to a Business Insider Germany report that has been translated into English, Russia has already moved 10 of its fighter jets from Crimea back to Russia.

Business Insider Germany has seen the secret NATO report that details the situation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured this month at a video conference. Business Insider Germany has said that it has seen a NATO report that reveals Russia is pulling out some of its fighter jets from Crimea.
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Crimea, which most countries recognize as Ukrainian but which has been occupied by Russia since 2014, has suffered attacks in recent weeks. Ukraine has hinted that these will continue without claiming responsibility.

The attacks have featured long-range weapons and drones targeting air bases, transport hubs, logistics depots, and command centers. The attacks have caused panic among Russians in Crimea and buoyed Ukrainian confidence.

On August 9, the Saky air base on the west coast of Crimea was rocked by at least 12 explosions, and some were recorded by nearby Russian tourists at a beach resort. After the attack, satellite images showed extensive devastation across the air base.

Some of the footage recorded has generated gallows humor from the Ukraine Government as it advised Russian tourists against holidaying in Crimea.

According to the NATO documents, “Russia is very likely to disperse its air forces in Crimea to prevent further attacks by Ukraine.”

The report adds that the 10 jets that have allegedly been moved to Russia include six SU-35S fighter jets and four MiG-31BM interceptors.

An estimated 32 Russian fighter jets remain stationed there, most of these being SU-27 fighters.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to take back Crimea from Russian forces.

He also said that the war will end with Crimea as he made an optimistic speech about the ongoing war.

Zelensky was speaking at the second iteration of the Crimea Platform on Tuesday, an online gathering of 60 nations and international organizations.

“Ukraine is strong enough and powerful enough to see a perspective for Ukrainian Crimea,” Zelensky said. “We will bring freedom to Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, and we will restore justice to all those who suffered from the repressions and abuses of the Russian occupiers.”

“I know that Crimea is with Ukraine, is waiting for us to return. I want all of you to know that we will return. We need to win the fight against Russian aggression. Therefore, we need to free Crimea from occupation.

“It began with Crimea, it will end with Crimea,” Zelensky said of Ukraine’s war with Russia, quoting jailed Crimean activist Nariman Dzhelyal.

Newsweek has contacted NATO and Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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