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  • Watch dramatic moment Ukrainian drone destroys Russia’s ‘indestructible turtle tank’ after crew ‘forgot to close hatch’

    06/08/2024 11:12:12 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 70 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 6/8/2024 | Juliana Lima
    THIS is the dramatic moment a Ukrainian drone destroys Russia's "indestructible" turtle tank in the latest blow to Putin's failing forces. Footage shows the sturdy military vehicle suddenly blowing up in flames after its crew left the hatch wide open in a fatal mistake. The drone is seen in the daylight mission smoothly descending until it enters Mad Vlad's tanker, hitting it with pinpoint accuracy. Bright orange flames engulf the turtle tank, reducing it to debris and melted metal. The precise attack was recorded by the Ukraine's 93rd Mechanized Brigade. Ukraine's Ministry of Defense confirmed the blow on X, writing:...
  • Moment more than 100 of Putin's troops 'are wiped out' in long-range strike with newly supplied US ATACMS ballistic missile

    05/03/2024 4:24:14 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/3/2024 | Chris Jewers
    This is the moment more than 100 Russian troops are believed to have been killed in an ATACMS tactical ballistic missile strike on occupied Luhansk. A military training ground was seen being hit by multiple explosions typical of an ATACMS strike in footage captured by a drone flying high above. The strike targeted a group of 100-plus soldiers who were seen in aerial images, say OSINT analysts in what would be the single largest loss of Russian stories in months. The ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) showered the troops with hundreds of M74 APAM mini-bombs which are carried by the...
  • Military briefing: Ukraine battles to hold vital stronghold Chasiv Yar

    05/01/2024 3:53:05 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 28 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 5/1/20254 | Fabrice Deprez
    Russia is intensifying its efforts to seize Chasiv Yar, a crucial stronghold in eastern Ukraine, as exhausted and under-equipped Ukrainian brigades struggle to hold the line while waiting for US military aid. -snip- Chasiv Yar is seen as a key prize for Moscow, with senior Ukrainian commanders claiming the Russian general staff has ordered its forces to seize it by May 9 when Russia celebrates the end of the second world war. -snip- It took the Russian military nearly a year to advance six kilometres from the ravaged city of Bakhmut to the edge of Chasiv Yar.
  • Ukraine hits Putin’s oil refinery in kamikaze drone strike sparking fireball blast near Moscow

    05/01/2024 2:51:13 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 34 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 5/1/2024 | Jessica Baker
    UKRAINE has blitzed another major Russian oil refinery in a kamikaze drone strike, the explosions sparking a huge inferno near Moscow. Dramatic video from the scene showed flames raging from the Rosneft energy giant facility in the city of Ryazan on Wednesday. Residents of Ryazan, located 125 miles southeast of Moscow, were said to have heard the rumble of drones about 3am. Two explosions followed the sound, triggering the inferno. The attack came after another Ukrainian strike on two oil refineries in Krasnodar region -snip- Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu demanded more "means of destruction" as Western supplies...
  • Drone Video Shows Dozens of Russians Targeted with ATACMS Cluster Rounds

    05/01/2024 9:49:49 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 20 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/1/2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Aerial drone footage shared by military analysts on Wednesday appears to show dozens of Russian soldiers being targeted with U.S.-supplied long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems, or ATACMS, at a training ground in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. The clip was shared on X, formerly Twitter, by a volunteer with GeoConfirmed, an OSINT account that geolocates visual content from the Russia-Ukraine war. "Ukrainian ATACMS strike, with 4 ATACMS, including one dud, hitting a Russian training area in Mozhnyakivka, Luhansk Oblast. Based on the footage the losses will be significant. 80 km behind the front line," GeoConfirmed said, sharing stills showing the impact...
  • Russian Black Sea Fleet 'Missing' After Crimea ATACMS Strikes

    05/01/2024 9:02:51 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 52 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/1/2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Russia has no warships deployed in the Black Sea at present, Ukraine's Navy said on Wednesday, shortly after Moscow said Kyiv had attacked annexed Crimea with U.S.-supplied missiles—using Army Tactical Missile Systems, or ATACMS. Ukraine's military didn't detect Russian warships in the Black and Azov Seas on Wednesday morning. "In the Black and Azov Seas [the] enemy ships are missing," the press service of the Ukrainian Navy said. Kyiv has targeted Russia's Black Sea Fleet throughout President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of the country, which began in February 2022. Ukraine has vowed to reverse the Russian leader's 2014 annexation of...
  • Mystery Death of Texan Who Fought for Moscow Sparks Outrage in Russia

    04/25/2024 7:30:31 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal MSN ^ | 4/25/2024 | Yaroslav Trofimov
    Russell Bentley, a self-described “Donbass Cowboy,” joined Russian forces soon after they created a proxy state in eastern Ukraine in 2014. He quickly became one of Russian propaganda’s favorite Americans, receiving a Russian passport and a gig with state-run Sputnik TV. On April 8, the 64-year-old Austin native better known under his call sign “Texas” was detained by Russian soldiers in the city of Donetsk, occupied by Russia for the past decade, according to his wife. Eleven days later, he turned up dead. He is the latest in a string of figures involved in Russia’s 2014 takeover of parts of...
  • Fire, evacuation after Ukraine drone attacks on Russia's Smolensk, Lipetsk

    04/23/2024 9:32:48 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/23/2024 | Reuters
    Fire broke out at energy facilities in Russia's Smolensk region after a Ukraine-launched drone attack and people were evacuated from parts of Lipetsk in Russia's southwest after a drone there fell on an industrial park, regional officials said. "Our region is again under attack by Ukrainian UAVs," Vasily Anokhin, the governor of the Smolensk region in Russia's west, said on the Telegram messaging app. "As a result of the enemy attack on civilian fuel and energy facilities, fires broke out in the Smolensk and Yartsevo districts," Anokhin said on the Telegram messaging app. It was not immediately known what facilities...
  • Ukraine Restricts Consular Services For Conscription-Age Men Living Abroad

    04/23/2024 9:08:04 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 17 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 4/23/2024 | Staff
    Ukraine has moved to restrict consular services at its diplomatic missions for men of conscription age (18-60) who live abroad as Kyiv tries to increase troop levels in its fight to repel invading Russian forces. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on April 23 that he ordered the restrictions because "staying abroad does not relieve a citizen of his or her duties to the Homeland." "As it looks like now, a man of conscription age goes abroad and shows his state that he does not care about its survival. He then comes back and wants to receive...
  • Ukrainian missile blasts Putin’s 112-year-old warship that survived both World Wars & is as old as Titanic

    04/21/2024 7:21:16 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 70 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 4/21/2024 | Ellie Doughty
    A UKRAINIAN missile struck Putin's oldest naval vessel in a massive blow to Russia's forces in Crimea. Footage showed flames and smoke billowing out from the 112-year-old warship in the occupied port of Sevastopol this morning. Explosions hit the area as Russians were forced to issue a missile warning and close Putin's prized Crimea bridge. Fire engines reportedly rushed to the port to put out the blaze on the 315-ft long vessel. A caption under the dramatic video, shared by Astra on Telegram, said: "The rocket hit the ship. See, it's burning." The vessel hit by Ukraine is Kommuna, the...
  • Pro-Kremlin Texan Russell Bentley, who fought for Russia, found dead in Ukraine

    04/20/2024 4:36:21 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 70 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/20/2024 | Chris Harris
    The missing American who’d traveled to Ukraine years ago to aid Russian separatists in Donbas was found dead in the country’s war-torn eastern region. The body of Russell Bentley, a 64-year-old U.S. Army vet, was recovered in the Russian-controlled region of Donetsk Oblast, Reuters reported. -snip- The former pothead, who used “Texas” as his military call-sign, left behind a yoga instructor girlfriend to travel to Ukraine. He utilized crowdfunding sites to finance his trip, and had since become a Russian citizen. He also got married after moving to Ukraine, where he began working as a reporter for the state-owned Sputnik...
  • DOWN IN FLAMES Moment Ukraine ‘shoots down’ one of Putin’s £228m Backfire nuke bombers sending plane plunging to ground in death spiral

    04/19/2024 4:21:20 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 42 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 4/19/2024 | Sayan Bose
    DRAMATIC footage captured the moment Ukraine "shot down" a Russian Tu-22M3 nuke bomber sending it spiralling to the ground. The £228million aircraft was part of Vladimir Putin’s nuclear strike force - and the downing is seen as a major blow to the dictator. It crashed over the Stavropol region - some 250 miles from the border - in southern Russia after completing a bombing attack on Ukraine. The long-range strategic bomber was shot down by a S-200 anti-aircraft missile system, said Channel 2, citing sources in Ukraine's GUR military intelligence agency. The GUR said: “As a result of the damage,...
  • Ukraine Downs Russian Tu-22M3 Bomber in War's First

    04/19/2024 6:04:59 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 30 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 18, 2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Ukraine's air force has previously said Russia has used the Tu-22M3 aircraft to fire Kh-22 cruise missiles at Ukrainian territory. The HUR said the bomber that was downed "carried out a missile attack against Ukraine on the night of April 19." The aircraft was shot down "as a result of a [HUR] special operation in cooperation with the Air Force," it said, adding that it was struck at a distance of about 300 kilometers from Ukraine. The HUR added: "It should be noted that this is the first successful destruction of a strategic bomber in the air during a combat...
  • Russian State Media Report Russian TU-22M3 Bomber Crash

    04/18/2024 10:47:17 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 15 replies
    Atlas News ^ | 4/19/2024 | Staff
    Russian state media outlet Tass has reported that a Russian TU-22M3 strategic bomber crashed in Stavropol Krai, southwestern Russia. The exact cause of the crash remains unknown at this time as some Ukrainian sources claim that it was shot down, which would mark a first for the conflict. The crash comes as Russian bombers launched a series of missile strikes against Ukraine.
  • Ukraine Trolls Russia Over Black Sea Fleet Ship Loss

    04/18/2024 4:04:45 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 39 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/15/2024 | Ellie Cook
    Ukraine's government has mocked Russia on the second anniversary of the sinking of Moscow's former Black Sea flagship at Kyiv's hands, after Ukraine targeted a slew of Russia's vessels since the start of the year. The Moskva sank on April 14, 2022, less than two months after the start of Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The loss of the large cruiser, housing hundreds of crew members, was a significant strategic and propaganda blow to Russia in the opening weeks of the war. -snip- Kyiv said it used home-grown anti-ship missiles to strike the guided missile cruiser close to Snake Island,...
  • Crimea Air Base Strike Leaves 30 Russians Dead, 80 Wounded: Report

    04/17/2024 7:23:14 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 46 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/17/2024 | Ellie Cook
    Up to 30 Russian personnel may have been killed and another 80 injured, according to a new report, after dramatic footage appeared to show explosions at a Russian military base in northern Crimea overnight. "About 30 Russian servicemen were killed and about 80 were wounded at the airfield in Dzhankoy," a Crimean-based Telegram channel called Crimean Wind reported on Wednesday. Crimean Wind is a pro-Ukrainian monitoring group that focuses on Crimea and generally offers reliable information. Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Ukraine's southern forces, described Dzhankoy as a legitimate military target on Wednesday but declined to offer up further details. A...
  • Deadly disease fears amid horror flooding in Russia as 'bodies washed from graves'

    04/17/2024 6:31:46 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 16 replies
    Express UK ^ | 4/16/2024 | Chris Samuel
    Desperate locals are appealing for aid from the government, with one heartbreaking video showing a young boy from Orenburg whose home was flooded begging Vladimir Putin for help. Concerns are growing over the potential spread of deadly diseases following severe flooding in Russia and Kazakhstan, resulting in bodies being washed out from their graves. Widespread displacement was reported along the border region between Russia and Kazakhstan, with hundreds of thousands having to abandon their homes. Many residents are pleading for aid from Vladimir Putin amidst these desperate conditions and an apparently slow response from official sources. Desperate locals are appealing...
  • 'Everything's lost': Russians mourn flooded homes

    04/17/2024 6:05:10 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 14 replies
    France 24 ^ | Juliette MONTILLY
    River Ural has burst its banks, inundating thousands of homes after heavy rain and melting ice swelled rivers across the region and in neighbouring Kazakhstan. Vast swathes of the city remain covered in muddy water, piling more misery on its residents. "I saved every penny, I denied myself everything, I tried for the sake of the house. And now it's all flooded - it's a nightmare," says 56-year-old medical worker Lyudmila Borodina.
  • OVERNIGHT BLITZ Ukraine ‘launches US-made long-range missiles’ at Putin’s key military airfield in Crimea & destroys ammo depot in blitz

    04/17/2024 4:50:02 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 26 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 4/17/2024 | Will Stewart
    UKRAINE has launched another blistering attack on one of Putin's key military airfields in occupied Crimea. Dramatic footage shows blinding explosions erupting overnight as Kyiv's forces destroyed valuable ammunition stores in the blitz. Ukraine launched it's overnight ambush above Dzhankoi airfield in northern Crimea. The military base - a key hub for Russia - is used by Putin’s twisted forces to launch strikes on Ukraine. Ukraine used US-made ATACMS long range missiles in the pinpoint strike. Some of Putin's valued choppers are kept at Dzhankoi along with Russian S-300 and S-400 missile systems. Missile alerts were only sounded after the...
  • Crimea Videos Show Huge Explosions as Russian Air Base Attacked

    04/17/2024 1:50:53 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 46 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/17/2024 | Ellie Cook
    New videos appear to show a fire raging in northern Crimea, after reports of explosions around a military airfield overnight. Footage widely circulated on social media by Russian and Ukrainian sources early on Wednesday show bright flashes of light and explosions, with sirens wailing in the background. A local Telegram channel reported "several loud explosions," starting just before 4 a.m. local time, before a fire broke out. Roads around the air base are blocked, the channel later reported. Dzhankoy is a major military hub, home to one of Russia's largest airfields in Crimea. It is a key location for supplying...