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  • Anger on the front lines and anxiety at home as Russia’s mobilization is mired in problems

    11/17/2022 1:10:09 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies ^ | November 17, 2022 | Tim Lister, Katharina Krebs and Anastasia Graham-Yooll
    Russia’s first mobilization since World War II may be complete, but the deployment of thousands of soldiers to the battlefields of Ukraine is generating dissent and protest on the front lines – and back home. With the Russian government touting that at least 50,000 of the recently drafted are now in Ukraine, a long list of complaints is emerging: Lack of leadership from mid-ranking officers, tactics that lead to heavy casualties, non-existent training, promised payments not received. There are also logistical difficulties, as reported by soldiers, their families and Russian military bloggers: Insufficient uniforms, poor food, a lack of medical...
  • Danes: Nord Stream 2 pipeline seems to have stopped leaking

    10/01/2022 1:23:11 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 67 replies ^ | October 1, 2022
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish Energy Agency says one of two ruptured natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas. The agency said on Twitter on Saturday that it had been informed by the company operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that pressure appears to have stabilized in the pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany. “This indicates that the leaking of gas in this pipeline has ceased,” the Danish Energy Agency said. Undersea blasts that damaged the Nord Stream I and 2 pipelines this week have led to huge methane leaks. Nordic...
  • EVERYTHING changes in less than 24 hours and Putin gets ready: Redacted w Natali and Clayton Morris

    09/29/2022 1:02:04 PM PDT · by JonPreston · 123 replies
    Redacted ^ | 9/29/22 | Natali and Clayton Morris
    In less than 24 hours part of Ukraine becomes part of Russia and NATO just held a secret meeting to ramp up the war. Vladimir Putin pointed the finger directly at the U.S. for its attack on the Nord Stream pipelines. Germany is on the brink of collapse as German energy experts point to coming blackouts.
  • LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye vote for reunification with Russia

    09/27/2022 4:02:42 PM PDT · by JonPreston · 141 replies ^ | 9/27/22 | Al Mayadeen
    All four regions have said their word; they voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia.
  • Chief Executive Leadership Institute Research Insights: “Business Retreats and Sanctions Are Crippling the Russian Economy”

    09/24/2022 11:30:45 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 12 replies
    Yale School of Management ^ | Sept 21, 2022 | Yale School of Management
    Five months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there remains a startling lack of understanding by many western policymakers and commentators of the economic dimensions of Putin’s invasion, and what it has meant for Russia’s economic positioning both domestically and globally. A common narrative has emerged that this is a “war of economic attrition which is taking its toll on the west,” given the supposed “resilience” and even “prosperity” of the Russian economy. These widely cited narratives are wrong. Far from being “ineffective” or “disappointing,” international sanctions and voluntary business retreats have exerted a crippling effect over Russia’s economy. ......
  • Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

    09/23/2022 3:28:03 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 90 replies ^ | September 23, 2022 | Tim Lister, Julia Kesaieva, Olga Voitovych and Simone McCarthy
    Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to frame the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive as an attack on Russia itself. Such a move could provide Moscow with a pretext to escalate its faltering war, which has seen Kyiv regain thousands of square miles of territory this month. In an address Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised...
  • EXODUS FROM VLAD: Russians flee to Mongolia to escape Putin’s call up as men are ‘dragged from beds in dead of night’ to fight in Ukraine

    09/22/2022 1:26:08 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 79 replies
    The Sun ^ | September 22, 2022 | Katie Davis and Will Stewart
    DESPERATE Russians are frantically attempting to flee the country to avoid being catapulted to the frontline amid Putin's call up. Huge queues have built at the borders with Finland, Georgia and Mongolia as tens of thousands try to escape being sent into the tyrant’s “meatgrinder”. Protest erupted in 38 cities after Putin announced a partial mobilisation in a TV address to bolster crumbling efforts in Ukraine. But they have been met with baton-wielding cops, with at least 1,386 people arrested. As the fear of conscription ripples through Russia, some men have been hauled out of bed in the middle of...
  • Boris Johnson warns against a Ukraine-Russia peace deal

    09/22/2022 9:18:30 AM PDT · by JonPreston · 83 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/22/22 | BBC
    There is "absolutely no sign" that Russia wants to reach a deal with Ukraine, and it could not be trusted even if one was on offer, Boris Johnson has told the Commons.
  • Russian Parliament Toughens Punishment for Crimes During Mobilisation

    09/20/2022 4:40:41 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 12 replies
    US News ^ | 9/20/2022 | Reuters
    Russia's parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to toughen punishments for a host of crimes such as desertion, damage to military property and insubordination if they are committed during military mobilisation or combat situations. The bill, passed in its second and third readings on Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, the Duma, comes amid debate inside Russia about a possible mobilisation
  • Humiliation for Putin's troops continues as they now begin to abandon major city Melitopol in the face of Kyiv's lightning counter-offensive

    09/14/2022 5:14:55 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/14/2022 | OLIVIA DEVEREUX-EVANS
    Humiliation for Putin's troops is continuing as they begin to abandon the major city of Melitopol in the face of Kyiv's lightning counter-offensive. The city's pre-occupation mayor said that Russian troops were pulling out of the area in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region. Mayor Ivan Fedorov wrote on Telegram that Russian troops were heading towards Moscow-annexed Crimea. He said columns of military equipment were reported at a checkpoint in Chonhar, a village marking the boundary between the Crimean peninsula and the Ukrainian mainland.
  • Russia and Ukraine Came to Peace Terms in April... Then Boris Johnson Intervened.

    08/31/2022 1:30:13 PM PDT · by Boomer · 31 replies
    Substack ^ | Aug. 31, 2022 | Raheem Kassam
    “According to multiple former senior U.S. officials we spoke with, in April 2022, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators appeared to have tentatively agreed on the outlines of a negotiated interim settlement: Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea, and in exchange, Ukraine would promise not to seek NATO membership and instead receive security guarantees from a number of countries.”
  • Ukrainian troops took back 4 villages in the south from Russian occupation, military source tells CNN

    08/29/2022 3:58:45 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies ^ | August 29, 2022 | Olga Konovalova and Bex Wright
    Ukrainian troops have taken four villages back from Russian occupation in the south near the city of Kherson, a Ukrainian military source tells CNN. Their main “target” is Kherson, the source added. “The operation began at night with massive shelling of Russian positions and the rear,” the source, who CNN is not naming for security reasons, said. “The main direction of the attack was on Pravdyne. We hit their infantry from the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic) and LNR (Luhansk People's Republic), and they fled. The Russian landing force fled after them," the source told CNN. “We have now liberated four...
  • Belarus Leader Says His Warplanes Have Been Modified to Carry Nuclear Weapons

    08/26/2022 7:42:23 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 37 replies
    US News ^ | 8/26/2022 | Reuters
    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that his military's SU-24 warplanes had been modified to carry nuclear weapons and that Minsk would react immediately if the West caused it any problems. -snip- "They (the West) must understand that if they opt for escalation no helicopters or planes will save them," Lukashenko was quoted as saying. "Everything was ready," he said, referring to the work to modify Belarusian warplanes to carry nuclear weapons. "It's not a good idea to escalate things with Belarus because that would be an escalation with the Union State (of Russia and Belarus) which has nuclear...
  • Analysis-Putin Bets Winter Gas Chokehold Will Yield Ukraine Peace - on His Terms

    08/24/2022 1:36:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Reuters via US News ^ | August 24, 2022 | By Andrew Osborn
    LONDON (Reuters) - Cold winters helped Moscow defeat Napoleon and Hitler. President Vladimir Putin is now betting that sky-rocketing energy prices and possible shortages this winter will persuade Europe to strong arm Ukraine into a truce -- on Russia's terms. That, say two Russian sources familiar with Kremlin thinking, is the only path to peace that Moscow sees, given Kyiv says it will not negotiate until Russia leaves all of Ukraine. "We have time, we can wait," said one source close to the Russian authorities, who declined to be named because they are not authorised to speak to the media....
  • Return of Crimea to Ukraine a requirement of international law: Turkish president

    08/23/2022 3:24:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 167 replies
    Anadolu Agency ^ | August 23, 2022 | Diyar Güldoğan
    Ankara supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and rejects the illegal annexation of Crimea, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. "The return of Crimea to Ukraine, of which it is an inseparable part, is essentially a requirement of international law," Erdogan said in a video message to the Second Crimea Platform Summit. The Crimea Platform is an international coordination mechanism of Ukraine to draw more global attention to Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Erdogan said Ankara will continue to support the Crimean Platform that was established to resolve the Crimean issue through peaceful means. "Türkiye does not recognize...
  • Ukraine says scores of Russians killed in Kherson fighting

    07/30/2022 7:11:06 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2022 | Max Hunder and Pavel Polityuk
    The Ukrainian military said on Saturday it had killed scores of Russian soldiers and destroyed two ammunition dumps in fighting in the Kherson region, the focus of Kyiv's counter-offensive in the south and a key link in Moscow's supply lines. Rail traffic to Kherson over the Dnipro River had been cut, the military's southern command said, potentially further isolating Russian forces west of the river from supplies in occupied Crimea and the east. Defence and intelligence officials from Britain, which has been one of Ukraine's staunchest allies in the West since Moscow's Feb. 24 invasion, portrayed Russian forces as struggling...
  • Yard By Yard, The Ukrainians Appear To Be Pushing Toward Kherson

    07/23/2022 3:08:55 PM PDT · by Dr. Franklin · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2022 | David Axe
    It was apparent months ago that the Kremlin’s intensive focus on Donbas risked creating vulnerabilities elsewhere. At the peak of the fighting in Donbas in early July, three-quarters of the Russian army’s roughly 110 front-line battalions in Ukraine were in Donbas. Just a handful of battalions defended Russian gains in and around Kherson. The Ukrainian army also concentrated its best forces in Donbas, of course—but not at the expense of the southern front. In late May, Ukrainian troops began pushing south toward Kherson, then 40 or so miles from the line of contact. Two months later, Kyiv’s southern counteroffensive has...
  • US Warns Putin Falling for His Own Rhetoric

    07/20/2022 11:34:06 PM PDT · by familyop · 13 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 21, 2022 | Jeff Seldin
    WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have succumbed to his own mythmaking and hyperbole, unable to let go of his desire to conquer Ukraine, no matter what the costs, according to a public assessment by America’s top spymaster. CIA Director William Burns, the last U.S. official to meet with Putin before he ordered Russian forces into Ukraine in February, warned late Wednesday that the Russian leader truly believes he must conquer Ukraine to fulfill his destiny. “Putin really does believe his rhetoric, and I’ve heard him say it privately over the years, that Ukraine's not a real country....
  • What would a Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson look like?

    07/20/2022 10:14:45 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 93 replies
    Kyiv Independent (Ukraine) ^ | July 19, 2022 | Illia Ponomarenko
    Even though the Battle of Donbas is far from over, Ukraine is expected to open the next chapter of the war sometime in the near future — a highly anticipated, major counter-offensive operation in the south, particularly to liberate the Russian-occupied city of Kherson. Kyiv has declared its intentions to liberate the only regional capital captured by Russia following the Feb. 24 full-scale invasion. Experts across the world agree that retaking Kherson is the most feasible way for Ukraine to score a major victory over Russia and turn the tide of the war. As part of a counter-offensive operation, Ukraine...
  • Putin orders his warships to run away after Ukraine handed longer-range missiles

    07/18/2022 11:02:56 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 42 replies
    Express UK ^ | 7/18/2022 | Jon King
    The movement of Vladimir Putin's vessels to the port city of Novorossiysk in southern Russia comes after Ukrainian stocks of longer-range missile systems were boosted by Western allies. Ukrainian media reports Serhiy Bratchuk, adviser to the head of Odesa's Regional Military Administration, reporting news of the ships' eastward movement via Telegram. Media outlet Ukrinform reports the official as saying: "According to the information of our Navy, the enemy has redeployed a significant number of warships from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk. "Russian ships were earlier deployed in missile-proof areas in the zone covered by coastal air defence systems, as close as possible...