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  • Ukraine’s draft woes leave the West facing pressure to make up for the troop shortfall

    06/14/2024 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    The Conversation via Yahoo ^ | June 14th, 2024 | Nicolai N. Petro, University of Rhode Island
    Ukraine’s current military recruitment campaign is not going according to plan.Announced on April 16, 2024, the drive was aimed at enlisting hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainian men to help push back against a Russian invasion that has gained momentum in recent months.But the effort has been met with public skepticism, draft dodging and opposition to unpopular, heavy-handed attempts to root out those not heeding the call to sign up. It has left Ukraine struggling to fill the positions officials say are needed to beat back the invading army. Rather than solving Ukraine’s problems, the draft effort is multiplying them....
  • Russia Has No Plans to Take Kharkov Under Control Now - Putin

    05/17/2024 5:33:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/17/24
    Russia has no plans to take control of Kharkov, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with students and teachers of the Harbin Institute of Technology. "As for Kharkov, there are no such plans as of today," the president said. Russia is making gains in the fighting in the Kharkov region, he also said, adding that the Russian armed forces are moving every day strictly according to plan. Putin blamed the Ukrainian forces for what was happening in Kharkov region. "They are shooting directly at the center of the city, at residential areas. And I said publicly that if...
  • Putin says advance of Russian forces in Ukraine is going to plan

    05/15/2024 12:13:03 PM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 15th, 2024 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) -President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian forces were improving their positions every day along the front in Ukraine in all directions and that the advance was going to plan.Russia has been pushing Ukrainian forces back at various points in recent months despite hundreds of billions of dollars worth of aid from the United States and its allies.Putin, at a meeting in the Kremlin with new Defence Minister Andrei Belousov, Secretary of the Security Council Sergei Shoigu, and top generals, said the work of the military was "proceeding according to the plan" approved by the General Staff."The...
  • Exclusive: Russia's Kuibyshev oil refinery at a standstill after drone attack last week

    03/28/2024 7:54:21 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/28/2024 | Reuters
    Russia's Kuibyshev mid-sized oil refinery near the city of Samara on the Volga river has halted all production following damage from a Ukrainian drone attack last week, two industry sources told Reuters on Thursday. The disruption adds to the difficulties of the Russian oil refining sector as the need for emergency repairs following numerous drone attacks claimed by Ukraine has left them struggling to deliver supplies. According to Reuters calculations, around 14% of Russia's refining capacity has been shut down by drone attacks, including Kuibyshev, and the country has this month increased gasoline imports from neighbouring Belarus to address possible...
  • Massive fires engulf Moscow and St Petersburg industrial sites amid Ukrainian attacks on Russia

    03/13/2024 8:14:52 AM PDT · by MeganC · 80 replies
    Daily Mail (You Tube channel) ^ | Mar 12, 2024 | Daily Mail
    Huge fires were burning at industrial sites in Moscow and St Petersburg after the latest round of attacks on Russian infrastructure by Ukraine. In St Petersburg, a blaze broke out at an industrial site close to the airport with footage showing towering flames and a huge column of smoke streaking into the sky. Local reports indicated that a hangar within the industrial zone was ablaze, whilst some suggested a drone had been seen nearby at the time. Meanwhile a similar blaze broke out in the suburbs of Moscow, where a construction warehouse burned to the ground. More footage showed flames...
  • Russian plane carrying 65 Ukrainian POWs crashes in fireball near residential area: report

    01/24/2024 12:48:09 PM PST · by TonyinLA · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/24/24 | Ronny Reyes
    A Russian military transport plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed near the border between the two nations Wednesday, with Moscow accusing Kyiv of shooting down the aircraft, Kremlin officials say. The Russian Ilyushin Il-76 plane was carrying 74 people, including six crew members and three guards who were set to deliver the POWs in exchange for Russian captives, according to state news agency RIA’s quotes from the defense ministry. Andrei Kartapolov, a Russian lawmaker, claimed during a parliamentary session Wednesday that the plane had been shot down by three missiles.
  • 74 Ukrainian POWs killed in Russia plane crash

    01/24/2024 3:36:20 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 76 replies
    74 people killed in Russia plane crash, no survivor Ministry says 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on plane that crashed
  • Russian Parliament Speaker Accuses Ukraine of Shooting Down Plane Carrying 65 POWs

    01/24/2024 3:21:51 AM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    In a tragic incident, a Russian military transport plane crashed near the Ukraine border. Conflicting reports mention 65 captured Ukrainian military onboard and, separately, cargo related to air defense systems.
  • Putin faces fresh revolt as fed-up Russians burn down 25-acre warehouse in fury at war

    01/13/2024 6:17:02 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 73 replies
    Express UK ^ | 1/13/2024 | Tim McNulty
    A giant warehouse near St Petersburg has gone up in smoke after the Russian workers there set the entire facility ablaze. The action was reportedly taken after Russian police raided the Wildberries warehouse to find people to conscript to fight the war in Ukraine. According to Russian media sources the incident is currently under investigation by the state prosecutor's office. According to APA's Russian bureau, there is currently no available information regarding the number of casualties or injuries caused by the fire. The fire took hold of the 50 thousand square metre site and required hundreds of firefighters to bring...
  • 'Sabotage' as raging inferno rips through plant producing armour for Putin's troops

    01/11/2024 1:31:39 PM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 1-11 | Jasper King
    A massive fire near Moscow has destroyed a plant that supplies body armour for Vladimir Putin’s troops. Video footage shows flames engulfing the plant on Entuziastov Avenue, Obukhovo, in the Moscow region this morning, and no casualties have been reported. Law enforcement in Russia is investigating whether the inferno was caused by an act of sabotage or arson. The fire has destroyed 86,000 feet of a warehouse and a workshop. Workers were evacuated from the plant just as it took hold and more than 100 firefighters tried to save the key production line. It has been sanctioned by Ukraine for...
  • By not punishing shoplifters, looters, rioters, and other criminals, Democrat cities have turned many of their neighborhoods into food deserts.

    12/28/2023 4:27:32 PM PST · by grundle · 47 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 28, 2023 | Daniel Alman from Squirrel Hill @DanielAlmanPGH
    By not punishing shoplifters, looters, rioters, and other criminals, Democrat cities have turned many of their neighborhoods into food deserts. (1/5) #FoodDesert #BLM #shoplifting #riot #looting #crime #softoncrime #socialjustice #poverty #hunger #liberal #progressive #Democrat (2/5) (3/5) (4/5) (5/5)
  • Blasts heard over Crimea's Feodosia - Russian news outlets

    12/25/2023 6:23:08 PM PST · by marcusmaximus · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/2023 | Reuters
    Loud explosions were heard in early Tuesday hours over the Crimean town of Feodosia on the Black Sea coast, Russian news outlets on the Telegram messaging service reported. Footage posted on several Russian news outlets on Telegram showed powerful explosions and fires over a port area.
  • Worry in Russia as egg prices soar ahead of festive season

    12/14/2023 9:42:32 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 50 replies
    Euronews ^ | 12/12/2023 | Euronews
    Some Moscow residents claim egg prices have doubled, as Russia continues to battle persistent inflation and Western sanctions. Surging egg prices, against a backdrop of high inflation and economic sanctions, are worrying the Russian authorities, especially as eggs are a symbolic and central ingredient of the festive season. -snip- In November, the average price of eggs in Russia rose by 40.29% year-on-year, according to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat). Muscovite consumers report even steeper rises. "Before, I used to buy eggs for 70 roubles a dozen. Now they cost between 130 and 140 roubles - twice as much,"...
  • Putin in Rare Apology Over Price of Eggs

    12/14/2023 7:49:00 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 25 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 12/14/2023 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a rare apology on Thursday when a pensioner complained to him about the price of eggs. During Putin's end-of-year question and answer session with the media and with members of the public calling in from across Russia, pensioner Irina Akopova was shown seated at her kitchen table and addressing the president by video link. She complained that prices for eggs, chicken breasts and wings had all skyrocketed. "Vladimir Vladimirovich, take pity on pensioners! We don't get millions in our pensions. Sort this out - we have no one to turn to," she said. "I'm very...
  • Russia Ramps Up Attacks on Key Cities in Eastern Ukraine

    11/12/2023 11:12:32 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 12, 2023 | AP (Newsmax Staff Unwilling)
    Russian forces have ramped up attacks in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to gain ground near two key front line cities, Ukrainian military officials said Sunday.Moscow's troops have begun a push to regain territory near Bakhmut, the eastern mining city that was the site of the war’s bloodiest battle before falling into Russian hands in May, the head of Ukraine’s ground forces wrote on the Telegram messaging app.Ukraine's long-awaited counteroffensive has so far resulted in only incremental gains and heavy losses, with Ukrainian troops struggling to punch through Russian lines in the south.
  • Putin's Newest Nuclear-Capable Missiles Keep Flunking Tests: Report

    11/05/2023 12:12:45 PM PST · by marcusmaximus · 43 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/2/2023 | Isabel van Brugen
    A handful of tests launches of Russian President Vladimir Putin's newest nuclear-capable missiles have either been canceled or failed since June, according to a report. Independent Russian news outlet Sirena reported on Wednesday, citing a source at a rocket and space industry enterprise in the country, said at least six missile tests have been unsuccessful since June 30. The attempted tests involved Russia's next-generation "Poseidon" nuclear-capable torpedo, its Sarmat weaponry, its Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Bulava, an intercontinental-range, submarine-launched, ballistic missile which is also designed to carry a nuclear warhead. -snip- Sirena reported that its source said the...
  • Vladimir Putin 'fine', Kremlin says amid more reports of illness - and comments on body double rumours

    10/26/2023 1:22:14 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 36 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10/26/2023 | Diana Magnay
    The Kremlin has dismissed fresh speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ill and called rumours that he uses a body double an "absurd hoax". The comments from Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov came after the General SVR Telegram channel, which regularly alleges Mr Putin is terminally ill with cancer, claimed he suffered "cardiac arrest" on Sunday evening. "Everything is fine with him, this is absolutely another fake [story]," Mr Peskov said when asked about the reports during his regular media briefing on Tuesday morning. He then called claims that the Russian leader has a body double an "absurd hoax".
  • Another Neighbor Turns Back on Russia

    09/29/2023 3:24:31 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 40 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 29, 2023 | Isabel van Brugen
    Relations between Kazakhstan and Russia, have deteriorated since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022... "Kazakhstan has unambiguously stated that it will follow the sanctions regime," Tokayev said following talks during an official visit to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Timothy Ash, an economist and associate fellow in the Russia and Eurasia program at British think tank Chatham House, said the statement was significant and shows Moscow is losing influence. "Wow, huge move. Just shows weakening grip across region of Russia because of Putin's idiotic invasion of Ukraine. He lost Armenia in recent weeks on Russia's...
  • Moment Russian forces 'shoot down their own £80million SU-35 fighter jet' in friendly fire blunder over Ukraine

    09/29/2023 11:38:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | , 29 September 2023 | WILL STEWART and MATTHEW LODGE
    The plane is believed to have been downed over Tokmak in Zaporizhzhia region This is believed to be the moment Russian forces shot down their own £80million fighter jet in an act of friendly fire in Ukraine. The supersonic SU-35, which is one of the Kremlin's most advanced aircraft, burst into flames over the city of Tokmak in the Zaporizhzhia region. There has been no official confirmation of the night incident, although comments made by one Russian blogger appeared to acknowledge the loss. Russian aviation Z-blogger Fighterbomber published a photo of a SU-35 with the message: 'Eternal flight, brother.' 'Russian...
  • Russian officers who hadn't been paid by Moscow sold key intel on the Black Sea Fleet to Ukrainian resistance fighters. Then the headquarters blew up.

    09/25/2023 5:59:57 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/25/2023 | Jake Epstein
    After missing their anticipated salary payments, Russian officers decided to leak sensitive information about Moscow's Black Sea Fleet to a Ukrainian partisan movement. The intelligence later paved the way for a devastating missile strike on the fleet's headquarters in the occupied Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian media reported. Ukrainian resistance fighters told the Kyiv Post in a recent interview that they managed to gather information about high-ranking Russian commanders from officers who were frustrated by Moscow's failure to pay their salaries on time. The officers were financially compensated in exchange for the information, which was then passed along to state agencies and...