Todays NON MSM News In Brief, AM – March 9

  • South Korea developing insect-inspired micro robots for reconnaissance.

Seoul is creating the micro robots to conduct cover recon missions in enemy territories, a state research agency said. (Yonhap)

The five-year project aims to enable ant or bee-shaped robots to operate in a group for security or other missions.

The agency said they will work with the Army and security forces to deploy the system at the right time.

  • Russian banks switch to Chinese UnionPay

On Sunday, several Russian banks announced plans to start issuing cards using the Chinese UnionPay card operator system.

The step, which came shortly after Mastercard and Visa pledged to cease operations in Russia and disconnect all the country’s banks from their payment systems, will enable the holders of new cards to use them for paying and withdrawing cash abroad.


  • Pakistan strikes key deal with Russia to buy gas and wheat – reports

Pakistan has signed a major agreement with Russia on the import of natural gas and wheat, media outlets reported this week, citing Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The reported agreement comes as Western countries cut ties with Moscow (https://www.rt.com/business/551044-pakistan-strikes-deal-russia/)


  • US draft plans for government-in-exile, guerrilla war in Ukraine – reports

The US and its allies are quietly working on “contingency plans” in case Russian forces succeed in their operation in Ukraine and force the current government into exile, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.


  • BBC throws all neutrality out the window and publishes instructions on where and how to throw Molotov cocktails at Russia vehicles.


  • ⚡️ Rejection of Russian oil will lead to catastrophic consequences for the world market, will cause a surge in prices up to $300 per barrel or more – Alexander Novak, Deputy PM Russia

  • Ukrainian troops at this base “were abandoned by their commanders”, say the Russian troops who seized it, pointing at the chaotic state the base was left it.

An estimated three to four thousand troops were stationed here, and they all left in the span of just hours, after learning that Russian forces were approaching from news reports and phone calls from locals.

There were no signs of combat here. Everywhere, were abandoned uniforms, personal belongings and documents.

Most of the troops are believed to have deserted, thrown away their military uniforms and mingled with civilians in nearby cities and villages


  • Russia criminalizes ‘disinformation’ about army

Russian lawmakers have approved legislation that could see people put behind bars for up to 15 years if found guilty of peddling so-called false information about the actions of the army, amid Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.


  • Russia claims Ukraine destroying evidence of US-funded bioweapons program

As Russian troops entered Ukraine, the government in Kiev ordered the “emergency destruction” of pathogens including plague and anthrax at US-funded laboratories near the Russian border, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow claimed on Sunday. Earlier rumors that the Russian military was targeting US-run biolabs were written off as conspiracy theories, but the ministry has promised to back up its claims with documents.

“We have received documentation from employees of Ukrainian biolaboratories on the emergency destruction on February 24 of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases,” read a statement from the ministry


  • USA – 13 States sue Biden admin for communications on FBI surveillance of parents protesting school boards

  • AUSTRALIA  – Mosquito-borne Brain-Inflammation virus spreads from pigs to humans

Australian authorities have issued health alerts for those working with pigs and horses, after a human case of Japanese encephalitis virus was detected in Queensland – along with 3 suspected infections in Victoria.

The virus can cause brain inflammation, and although serious illness is rare, the WHO claims it causes over 20,000 deaths a year.

This is reportedly the first time the virus has been detected in southern Australia.


  • Ukrainian Billionaire ‘Mysteriously’ Dies in UK

Mikhail Tolstosheya (Michael Watford) – Ukranian-born oil and gas tycoon – has been found hanged in the garage of his mansion.


  • Russia bans several foreign media outlets citing ‘fakes’ about Ukraine conflict

Russia’s media regulator has confirmed to RT that it had ‘limited’ the online access to news outfits such as the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Deutsche Welle, and Meduza.

The agency claimed it found them purposefully publishing ‘fake’ information regarding the ongoing Russian ‘special operation,’ forms of combat it involves as well as military and civilian casualties.

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