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  • Ukraine urgently needs soldiers, but some men are desperate not to fight

    05/28/2024 3:26:18 AM PDT · by McGruff · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 28, 2024 | Daryna Mayer and Yuliya Talmazan
    Ukraine urgently needs new soldiers, but some — left uneasy by brutal fighting and intensifying conscription efforts — are desperately trying to avoid being called up. “When you see people in uniform, you panic. You start thinking someone will mobilize you now against your will,” a lawyer based in Kyiv told NBC News. He did not want his identity known, fearful, like a growing number of men across the country, of being drafted into the army... “I love my country,” he said in a phone interview earlier this month. “I donate to the Ukrainian army. But unfortunately, I am not...
  • Ukraine drone targets second Russian long-range military radar, Kyiv source says

    05/27/2024 11:38:54 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 49 replies
    Swissinfo ^ | May 27, 2024 | Tom Balmforth; Anastasiia Malenko
    KYIV (Reuters) -A Ukrainian drone targeted a long-range radar deep inside Russia on Sunday, the second such strike in a week on infrastructure used by Moscow to monitor Ukraine’s military activities, a Kyiv intelligence source said. The source said the strike was aimed at a “Voronezh M” radar near the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region some 1,500 km from the closest territory held by Kyiv’s forces. The source, who declined to be named, did not say if there was any damage, but the move would make it one of the deepest attempted drone strikes in Russian territory since...
  • Force Russia to make peace, Zelensky urges West

    05/27/2024 9:25:43 AM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | May 27, 2024 | Matt Murphy
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Western leaders to pressure Russia into peace using "all means" necessary. ... Mr Zelensky has long said he will not negotiate with Russia directly until Moscow's forces leave all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea. ... The Ukrainian president rejected the idea of inviting Russia to a planned peace summit in Switzerland next month. ... Delegates will "try and chart a course for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine" based on 10 demands set forth by Kyiv calling for the return of all invaded territory, reparation payments for war-related damages and the creation of a...
  • US FARA vs. Georgian Foreign Agents Law: Three Major Differences

    05/27/2024 6:08:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    civil.ge ^ | 4/11/2024 | Ted Jonas
    Who is Your Enemy? One of the most fundamental differences between the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the proposed Georgian foreign agents law is the historical context in which the two laws originated, and who they were directed against. The US Congress adopted FARA in 1938 specifically to target lobbying and consulting firms acting on behalf of the Nazi German government. Concern about Soviet Communist agents also motivated the law. Of course, by 1938, the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt was already well aware that Nazi Germany presented a direct military and security threat to the country....
  • Russian KINZHAL Hypersonic Missiles Rained Down On NATO Officers' Heads In STAROKOSTIANTYNIV

    05/26/2024 11:56:24 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 68 replies
    Designated airbase for hoped-for F16s clobbered by hypersonics...This is a conflict betwewen Christians and Nazis, and the nazis are losing...
  • US jamming technology is significantly worse than Russia's, ex-Pentagon officials warn

    05/26/2024 9:15:20 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 14th, 2024 | Tom Porter
    The US has been outclassed by its rivals, such as Russia, in its capacity to remotely take out enemy weapons using jamming technology, according to former US military officials. Mike Nagata, a retired US Army lieutenant general who led special operations in the Middle East, said that the US is "still falling behind" in its electronic warfare capabilities, reported Defense One. Electronic warfare units, which use electronic signals to remotely scramble the GPS coordinates used to guide weapons, have played a key role in Russia's war in Ukraine. "The gap between where the United States should be and where we...
  • Russian shell production three times greater than of Ukraine's allies

    05/26/2024 7:53:12 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 89 replies
    The Kyiv Independent ^ | May 26, 2024 | Dominic Culverwell
    Russia is managing to produce artillery shells at triple the speed of Ukraine’s allies for a quarter of the price, Sky News reported on May 26, referencing analysis from management consulting firm Bain & Company. Using publicly available data, the firm claims that Russian factories can produce or refurbish 4.5 million 152 mm shells this year for $1,000 per round. European countries and the U.S. are only expected to produce 1.3 million 155 mm shells combined, at an average cost of $4,000 per unit. Slow artillery production has hindered Ukraine’s progress on the battlefield. Soldiers claim that for every round...
  • NATO Head Urges Lifting Restrictions On Kyiv Striking Targets In Russia

    05/26/2024 5:17:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 25, 2024
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine should be allowed to use Western-supplied weapons in strikes against military targets inside Russia. In an interview with The Economist published on May 24, the NATO head called on members to “consider whether they should lift” their current restrictions, saying they make it “very hard” for Ukraine to defend itself.
  • LIVE: Russian President Putin Visits Belarus, Discusses Tactical Nuclear Exercises with Lukashenko

    05/25/2024 9:00:06 AM PDT · by Kazan · 28 replies
    First Post/YouTube ^ | 5/24/2024 | First Post
    Video footage of Vladimir Putin's press conference yesterday with Alexander Lukashenko. Russian President Putin Visits Belarus, Discusses Tactical Nuclear Exercises with Lukashenko
  • Putin Suffering 'Enormous Difficulties' Selling Russia's Gas: Analysis

    05/25/2024 6:11:48 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 71 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 25, 2024 | Brendan Cole
    In mid-2022, Gazprom restricted gas flows to Europe in what was seen as a move by Putin to get both leverage against Kyiv's allies ahead of the winter season and retaliate against Western sanctions and support of Ukraine. But the EU managed to find alternative long-term sources of gas imports and free itself from most Russian piped-gas imports ... Gazprom's revenue fell by 41 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2023, while sales profits dropped 71 percent and gas production by 25 percent... The report said the company's upstream gas-production base is now isolated because infrastructure connecting its main...
  • The 'America First' Right Coalesces To Change Foreign Policy

    05/25/2024 3:23:08 AM PDT · by RandFan · 16 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | May 25 | By Jonathan Draeger
    Sen. Vance, freshman senator from Ohio, started the conference critiquing what he called the foreign policy consensus: “One of my favorite passages from the Bible is ‘by their fruits, you shall know them.’ What are the fruits of the last 40 years of American foreign policy? Of course, it's a disaster in Iraq. It's a disaster in Afghanistan and Syria. It's [a disaster] in Lebanon. On issue after issue after issue, somehow, the foreign policy consensus in this town seems to almost always be wrong.” He levied this critique against the current war in Ukraine as well, saying that his...
  • How Russian and NATO armies would size up in a WW3 doomsday scenario: Interactive map shows how alliance compares to Putin's depleted forces after Moscow warned it was prepared for conflict on Ukraine's battlefields

    05/24/2024 7:16:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 May 2024 | David Averre
    Russia's war in Ukraine has revealed to the world in graphic detail the smorgasbord of lethal technologies that can be used to destroy one's enemy in a large-scale 21st-century clash. But despite all the capabilities of such cutting-edge military tech, Moscow's primary frontline tactic appears ripped from the playbook of World War I generals - batter Ukrainians with artillery before dispatching waves of soldiers to secure territory inch by blood-soaked inch. It's a style of warfare reminiscent of the Battle of Passchendaele - but it has proved nonetheless effective with Vladimir Putin's forces gaining territory hand over fist in eastern...
  • On a visit to his Belarusian ally, Putin questions Zelenskyy’s legitimacy as Ukraine’s leader

    05/24/2024 4:27:39 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2024 | Jim Heintz
    ... Russian officials have repeatedly called attention to the question of Zelenskyy’s term in office during the past week. “Of course, we are aware that the legitimacy of the current head of state has ended,” Putin said at a news conference in Minsk after talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “We must be completely sure that we are dealing with legitimate authorities,” said Putin, who has repeatedly stated that Russia is ready for talks with Ukraine.
  • EU's Borrell asks Russia for 'explanation' after Estonian border river incident

    05/24/2024 11:11:57 AM PDT · by MeganC · 10 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 24/05/2024 - 16:45 | Mared Gwyn Jones
    The removal of the navigation buoys is part of a 'broader pattern of provocative behaviour' by the Kremlin, the EU's chief diplomat says. The EU's foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, has asked Moscow for an "explanation" after buoys on the Narva River demarcating Estonia's border with Russia were removed in the early hours of Thursday. According to Estonian border guards, their Russian counterparts confiscated 24 of 50 buoys intended to mark sailing routes on the border waterway, an act which Borrell described as "unacceptable." "This border incident is part of a broader pattern of provocative behaviour and hybrid actions by...
  • Exclusive: Putin wants Ukraine ceasefire on current frontlines (Reuters)

    05/24/2024 3:44:47 AM PDT · by RandFan · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24 | By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn
    MOSCOW/LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine with a negotiated ceasefire that recognises the current battlefield lines, four Russian sources told Reuters, saying he is prepared to fight on if Kyiv and the West do not respond. Three of the sources, familiar with discussions in Putin's entourage, said the veteran Russian leader had expressed frustration to a small group of advisers about what he views as Western-backed attempts to stymie negotiations and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's decision to rule out talks.
  • US issues new visa restrictions, will review relationship with Georgia in response to ‘foreign agents’ bill

    05/24/2024 1:56:56 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 23, 2024 | Piper Hudspeth Blackburn and Jennifer Hansler
    The US State Department is implementing a new visa restriction policy in response to a repressive law and crackdowns on protests in Georgia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Thursday. Blinken, who noted that he hopes the country’s leaders will reconsider the so-called “foreign agents” bill, said the new visa policy would target “individuals who are responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Georgia, as well as their family members.” “This includes individuals responsible for suppressing civil society and freedom of peaceful assembly in Georgia through a campaign of violence or intimidation,” he said in a statement. The United...
  • Russian patriotic bloggers express anger at arrest of former commander Gen. Ivan Popov

    05/23/2024 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 May 2024
    Russian patriotic bloggers expressed anger on Wednesday over the arrest of the former commander of Russia's 58th army, who was detained for fraud, and cast him as a talented general who had the courage to speak the truth to incompetent superiors. Russia's state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday that Major General Ivan Popov had been arrested on suspicion of "large-scale fraud". It was not possible to contact Popov directly, who Russian media said stood accused of stealing 100 million roubles ($1.1 million) of metal. Following a June 2023 mutiny by Wagner mercenaries against Russia's defence establishment, Popov said he...
  • Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

    05/23/2024 12:23:01 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    Agence presse ^ | 23 May 2024 | Agence press
    A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests of high-ranking military officials. The arrest of Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin followed the arrest earlier in the week of Maj. Gen. Ivan Popov, a former top commander in Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, also on bribery charges. In April, Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was arrested for bribery. Ivanov was a close associate of Sergei Shoigu, whom President Vladimir Putin dismissed as defense minister soon after Putin’s inauguration to a new...
  • Baltic Sea countries remain vigilant after Moscow mulls altering its sea border

    05/23/2024 11:24:02 AM PDT · by MeganC · 27 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 23/05/2024 - 07:17 | By Euronews with AP
    <p>Baltic leaders reacted warily on Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region.</p><p>In a draft proposal reported by some Russian media, Russia's Defence Ministry suggests updating the coordinates used to measure the strip of territorial waters off of its mainland coast and that of its islands in the Baltic Sea.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Loose Talk About the End of Everything

    05/23/2024 4:09:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 23 May, 2024 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If the past is any guide to the present, we should take heed that what almost never happens in war can certainly still occur. After a recent summit between new partners China and Russia, General Secretary Xi Jinping and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin issued an odd one-sentence communique: “There can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be fought.” No one would disagree, even though several officials of both hypocritical governments have previously threatened their neighbors with nuclear attacks. But still, why did the two feel the need to issue such a terse statement—and why...