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  • Russia could increase Ukraine attacks, says Zelensky

    05/18/2024 10:14:25 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | May 18, 2024 | Kathryn Armstrong
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia could increase its attacks in Ukraine's north east following its recent gains near the city of Kharkiv. Mr Zelensky admitted that there were issues with military staffing and morale, saying a number of existing brigades were empty. He also told the AFP news agency the country's air fleet was lacking and renewed calls for allies to send more air defence and fighter jets. "Today we have about 25% of what we need to defend Ukraine," Mr Zelensky said of Ukraine's air capabilities.
  • Ukraine and Russia - Game Theory

    05/18/2024 9:17:00 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 18 May 2024 | Mark Beut
    Ukraine and Russia - Game Theory Historical outcomes are approximated with game theory and game simulations. However, games also have predictive values when a model is constructed. This is a conceptual framework of the geopolitical events in Ukraine and Russia.
  • Ukraine Mobilization Law in Effect as Russia Closes in on Kharkiv

    05/18/2024 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 18, 2024 | Associated Presstitu
    A divisive mobilization law in Ukraine came into force Saturday, as Kyiv struggles to boost troop numbers after Russia launched a new offensive that some fear could close in on Ukraine's second-largest city. The legislation, which was watered down from its original draft, will make it easier to identify every conscript in the country. It also provides incentives to soldiers, such as cash bonuses or money toward buying a house or car, that some analysts say Ukraine cannot afford.
  • Ukraine’s Maginot Line is about to crumble

    05/17/2024 4:27:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 22 replies
    The Telegraph via Yahoo ^ | May 17th, 2024 | Robert Clark
    They say one week is a long time in politics. Those same people have never been to war.Six days ago, Ukrainian forces were just about hanging on across the near-1,000 kilometre front. Recent territorial losses to Russia – most notably the town of Avdiivka – in addition to recent delays in both US and EU military aid packages, had caused mounting concern for Ukraine’s fate in 2024.Despite these recent battlefield set-backs, and delays in aid, it still felt as though Ukraine was buying time to rearm, reorganise, and redeploy an offensive counter-attack this summer.That was six days ago, before up...
  • As Russia Advances, NATO Considers Sending Trainers Into Ukraine

    05/17/2024 8:09:37 AM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 49 replies
    NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces, a move that would be another blurring of a previous red line and could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war. (snip) So far the United States has said no, but Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that a NATO deployment of trainers appeared inevitable. “We’ll get there eventually, over time,” he said. (snip) As a part of NATO, the United States would be obligated under the alliance’s treaty to aid in...
  • Russia Won't Accept Any Ultimatums on Ukraine - Putin

    05/17/2024 8:24:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/17/24
    Russia wants to understand whom it can trust before engaging with partners on the Ukrainian conflict, President Vladimir Putin said during a trip to China on Friday. "We must understand with whom and how we can engage and whom and to what degree we can trust. We are of course analyzing everything that is going on," Putin told a press conference in Harbin. The president pointed to China as a stakeholder that was sincerely trying to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine. "We believe that China is sincere about its efforts to solve this problem. It has suggested...
  • Massive Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea causes power outages in Sevastopol

    05/17/2024 10:58:49 AM PDT · by MeganC · 34 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 17/05/2024 - 14:52 | By Euronews with AP
    Kyiv says it has had some success pushing back against a renewed Russian offensive, but Ukraine's defences are in dire need of resupply. A massive Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea early Friday caused power cutoffs in the city of Sevastopol and set a refinery ablaze in southern Russia, Russian authorities said. The drone raids marked an attempt to strike back during Moscow's renewed offensive in northeastern Ukraine, which has added to the pressure on outnumbered and outgunned Ukrainian forces as they await delayed deliveries of crucial Western weapons and ammunition. Ukraine has not commented on the attack nor claimed responsibility...
  • Ukraine's Drones Attack Russia's Only Large Black Sea Oil Refinery

    05/17/2024 3:50:23 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/17/2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Ukrainian drones attacked the only large oil refinery on Russia's Black Sea coast on Friday morning, authorities said. The attack on the Rosneft-owned refinery in the southern Russian town of Tuapse was reported by local authorities, who said a fire had broken out at the facility and that emergency services were working to extinguish the blaze. -snip- The Russian Black Sea naval port of Novorossiysk and Crimea's Sevastopol were also targeted a the massive aerial assault, which Russia's defense ministry said involved at least 100 drones.
  • Russia Has No Plans to Take Kharkov Under Control Now - Putin

    05/17/2024 5:33:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 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...
  • Ukraine’s failure to build defenses in Kharkiv aided Russian reinvasion

    05/16/2024 10:15:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2024 | Isabelle Khurshudyan, Serhii Korolchuk and Mary Ilyushina
    Russia’s new offensive across Ukraine’s northeastern border had been expected for months — yet it still surprised the Ukrainian soldiers stationed there to defend against it. Ukraine’s 125th Territorial Defense Brigade — stretched thin along a roughly 27-mile stretch of the Kharkiv region’s border with Russia — used reconnaissance drones to monitor, daily, how Moscow was steadily building up forces for a possible attack. But the morning it happened, May 10, the brigade lost all its video feeds due to Russian electronic jamming. Its Starlink devices — satellite internet the Ukrainian military relies on for basic communication — failed, the...
  • In reversal, Russia moves to draft fathers of 3+ children

    05/16/2024 5:45:01 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 21 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5/16/2024 | Igor Shushko
    Russia: State Duma Committee on Defence recommends the nullification of the previously passed law which exempted from mobilization fathers of at least three children.
  • 'The world's fault': Zelenskyy speaks out amid Russian assault

    05/16/2024 5:29:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 16, 2024 | James Longman and Oleksiy Pshemyskiy
    The situation in Ukraine is so serious that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had to cancel a planned trip to Spain and come straight to Kharkiv -- the country’s second largest city, which is again in real danger from the Russian advance. With exclusive access, ABC News joined Zelenskyy on a tour of a hospital in the city, with Zelenskyy, where he met soldiers injured in the northern defense, and presented them with medals of valor. “It’s really important for me to be here,” he told us, as we walked the corridors. In each ward, he stopped as an officer read out...
  • NATO considers mission to train Ukraine’s troops in the country — report

    05/16/2024 3:24:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 64 replies
    The New Voice of Ukraine ^ | May 16, 2024 | Eric Malinowski
    “NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces, a move that would be another blurring of a previous red line and could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war,” the newspaper wrote. Journalists add that Ukraine lacks the resources to train its troops, and the situation on the battlefield has worsened due to the Russian offensives. Consequently, Ukrainian officials have asked their U.S. and NATO counterparts for help in training 150,000 soldiers closer to the front lines for quicker deployment. The United States refused to send even military advisers to...
  • Whatever U.S. Elites Are Defending In Ukraine, It Isn’t Democracy

    05/16/2024 8:52:03 AM PDT · by Kazan · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 16, 2024 | JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON
    It’s getting harder and harder to pretend the war in Ukraine, now in its third year, is about “defending democracy,” as our political elites in Washington insist.This is especially true when Secretary of State Antony Blinken shows up in Ukraine to deliver billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund the war, proclaims that Ukraine’s scheduled presidential elections this spring are canceled until “conditions allow” (Ukraine has not held elections since 2019), and then jaunts off to a popular Kyiv nightclub to play a boomerish cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” That actually happened this week. And it...
  • A PAPER TIGER? RUSSIANS ARE TOO AFRAID TO SENT THEIR NEWEST 'ARMATA' TANK TO UKRAINE || 2024

    05/16/2024 8:39:49 AM PDT · by MeganC · 40 replies
    Warthog Defense You Tube Channel ^ | 15 May 2024 | Warthog Defense
    Synopsis: The Russian T-14 'Armata' has been deployed to active duty in the Russian army but will not see combat in Ukraine. The Russians cannot afford to have their latest tank destroyed in combat. Which makes the T-14 a very expensive parade vehicle and nothing more. The video also includes footage of Russian soldiers looting a Ukrainian village. BS is called on the Russian narrative about their 2022 'Peace Deal'. Residents of Mariupol complain that Russian colonists are taking over the new apartments in the city while the 'liberated' ethnic Russians continue to live in squalor. The video ends with...
  • Ukraine Claims it Has Halted Russian Advance Into Vovchansk, For Now

    05/16/2024 6:18:32 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/16/2024 | BREITBART LONDON
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian units locked in street battles with the Kremlin´s forces in a key northeastern Ukraine town have halted the Russian advance, military officials in Kyiv claimed Thursday, though a senior Moscow official said the frontline push had enough resources to keep going. Russian attempts to establish a foothold in the town of Vovchansk, which is among the largest towns in Ukraine´s northeastern Kharkiv region with a prewar population of 17,000, “have been foiled,” Ukraine´s general staff said in a midday report. It was not possible to independently verify the claim.
  • 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...
  • Ukraine warns it has no more reserves as Putin masses half a MILLION fighters on frontline in pivotal moment for West

    05/15/2024 12:32:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 93 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 14 2024 | Jerome Starkey
    UKRAINE’S generals warned they have run out of reserves to halt Russia’s shock assault on Kharkiv. It comes as Vladimir Putin masses more than half a million troops on the frontline in a bid to overpower Ukraine's forces. Ukraine's military has admitted it is struggling to contain the advance in the north east of the country. General Kyrylo Budanov, boss of Kyiv’s military intelligence said: “I’ve used everything we have. “Unfortunately, we don’t have anyone else in the reserves.” Putin’s troops have seized miles of ground in their fastest advances in months.
  • Crimea Air Base on Fire After ATACMS Strike Hosted 32 Russian Jets: Report

    05/15/2024 1:49:01 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 52 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/15/2024 | Brendan Cole
    Russian air base in Crimea that caught fire following a suspected Ukrainian missile attack hosted dozens of military aircraft central to Moscow's invasion. Ukraine has stepped up strikes on Russian facilities on the peninsula Moscow has occupied since 2014 and which Kyiv has vowed to recapture. Regarding the latest incident, Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol, said there had been a massive Ukrainian missile attack over the port city overnight Tuesday. Footage on social-media channels showed flames billowing into the air at the Belbek airfield near Sevastopol. Here is the focal point of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, whose vessels...
  • Blinken hopes you won’t find out that Ukrainian officials got rich using our tax dollars to invest in fake companies….

    05/15/2024 3:09:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Revolver News ^ | May 15, 2024 | Revolver
    Another day, another foreign policy disaster from the failed Biden regime. This time around, inept Secretary of State Antony Blinken is praying to whatever “god” will listen to him at this point, hoping the American people don’t discover that Ukrainian officials in Kharkiv have been using US tax dollars to get rich quick by investing in fake companies.Well, tough luck, Blinky; we’re about to blow the lid off of it…Now, if the name of that town rings a bell, it’s likely due to recent reports of Russians entering the city and taking it over with barely a struggle. Why, you...