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  • Russian Foreign Minister hits out at West’s ‘empire of lies’

    09/23/2023 12:37:37 PM PDT · by BusterDog · 57 replies
    UN ^ | 09/23/23
    Russia’s Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that a new world order is being born through a struggle between a neocolonial minority and a “global majority” seeking to end decades of Western domination.
  • One of Russia's most prestigious airborne regiments has lost 3 commanders, UK Intel says

    09/23/2023 8:43:40 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep 23, 2023 | Alia Shoaib
    There is "extreme attrition and high turnover" in the Russian military, even among its senior ranks, the UK Ministry Defence said in an intelligence update on Saturday. The department pointed to the high turnover of commanders of the Russian 247th Guards Air Assault Regiment, one of Russia's most prestigious airborne regiments. Colonel Vasily Popov, the regiment's commander, died during battle on September 14, making him the third person to lead the regiment since the war began in February 2022. He had replaced his predecessor, Colonel Pyotr Popov, just weeks prior, after the colonel resigned, possibly in protest against the Russian...
  • SKY NEWSUK held 'secret talks' with Russia amid conflict -

    09/23/2023 6:44:36 AM PDT · by hcmama · 5 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | September 23, 2023 | SKY
    British officials have engaged in diplomatic discussions with key Kremlin representatives concerning global security amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict, the i newspaper reports.The discreet meetings have transpired over the last 18 months, occurring in various locales such as Vienna and New York, as part of behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts. The discussions have primarily revolved around security concerns impacting both the UK and the international community, encompassing topics such as grain shortages and nuclear safety. But the UK has not actively pursued peace negotiations aimed at a diplomatic resolution to the conflict, as confirmed by a senior British diplomat who participated in...
  • Ukrainian heavy artillery inflicts 'hell' on Russian lines near Bakhmut

    09/23/2023 5:07:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 23, 2023 | Anna Voitenko
    The use of heavy weapons supplied by the West in the fierce battle raging on the outskirts of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russia in May, is inflicting a significant toll on enemy lines, Ukrainian commanders have told Reuters. Buoyed after the capture last week of the key village of Klishchiivka, Ukrainian troops have lauded the 155 millimetre howitzers as key equipment being provided by the United States and its NATO allies. Unit commander Oleksandr said Ukraine's armed forces "very much rely" on heavy artillery, including the Polish-made Krab gun and the U.S.-made M109 self-propelled howitzer. "Even one gun can...
  • Ukrainian forces have broken through in Verbove, top general says

    09/23/2023 5:03:21 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies ^ | September 23, 2023 | Vasco Cotovio, Frederik Pleitgen, Daniel Hodge, Konstyantyn Gak and Yulia Kesaieva
    The general leading Ukraine’s counteroffensive along the southern front line says his forces have broken through in Verbove – and predicts an even bigger breakthrough to come. “On the left flank [near Verbove] we have a breakthrough and we continue to advance further,” Oleksandr Tarnavsky told CNN Senior International Correspondent Frederik Pleitgen during an interview on Friday, though he conceded his troops were moving slower than anticipated. “Not as fast as it was expected, not like in the movies about the Second World War,” he said. “The main thing is not to lose this initiative (that we have). And, well,...
  • Biden tells Zelenskyy that U.S. will send Ukraine ATACMS long-range missiles

    09/22/2023 4:25:30 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 71 replies
    NBC ^ | September 22, 2023 | Courtney Kube, Julie Tsirkin, Monica Alba and Gabe Gutierrez
    President Joe Biden has told his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that the United States will provide a small number of long-range missiles to aid the war with Russia, three U.S. officials and a congressional official familiar with the discussions told NBC News on Friday. The officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not say when the missiles would be delivered or when a public announcement would be made. For months, Ukraine has asked for the Army Tactical Missile System, known as ATACMS, which would give Kyiv the ability to strike targets from as far away as about 180...
  • Ukraine hits headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol

    09/22/2023 2:02:02 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2023 at 12:45 p.m. EDT | By David L. Stern
    KYIV — Ukrainian forces on Friday fired a barrage of missiles at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, in occupied Crimea — striking a target thought to be heavily protected and demonstrating Kyiv’s growing ability to attack Russian military infrastructure throughout the peninsula. Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to our channel for the latest updates on Russia’s war in Ukraine. Ukraine’s air force posted a statement saying that “around 12:00, the Ukrainian defense forces successfully struck the command headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet in temporarily-occupied Sevastopol,” located on the southwest tip of Crimea, which Russia invaded...
  • Putin's Soldiers Are Rapidly Dying: Report

    09/21/2023 7:09:47 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 58 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 21, 2023 | Jon Jackson
    Russia's mobilized soldiers who died in the Ukraine war were killed on average within 4.5 months after being enlisted, according to a report published Thursday... Around 300,000 military personnel were called up in Putin's mobilization order, and Russia's high casualty rate in the war has led to a call for another wave of mobilization from some Moscow officials. The Kremlin does not frequently comment on its estimates of troop casualties, but Ukraine's military on Thursday put the tally of Russian troop losses at 274,470... According to the findings by IStories and CIT, "more than half of the dead [who were]...
  • Volodymyr Zelensky Concedes: ‘Nobody Knows’ if Ukraine ‘Counteroffensive’ Will Work This Year

    09/21/2023 3:52:14 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/21/2023 | John Hayward
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a basically upbeat assessment of Ukraine’s long-awaited “counteroffensive” against invading Russian forces but conceded “nobody knows” if there will be a major breakthrough this year in an interview with CNN on Tuesday. Zelensky added that he thinks “we will have more success” in the coming year, following a slower-than-expected start for the big counteroffensive. As in several other recent interviews, he disputed criticism that Ukraine’s push has deteriorated into a stalemate, pointing to gains made by his forces in the east of the country.
  • Pentagon exempts Ukraine operations from potential government shutdown

    09/21/2023 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    The Pentagon will exempt its Ukraine operations from a potential shutdown if lawmakers can’t agree on a deal to fund the government by the end of the month, allowing key training and other activities in support of Kyiv’s forces to move ahead uninterrupted, according to a Defense Department spokesperson. (snip)“Operation Atlantic Resolve is an excepted activity under a government lapse in appropriations,” Sherwood said, referring to the named operation for DOD’s activities in response to the Russian invasion. The move means that the U.S. military’s activities related to the war, such as training of Ukrainian soldiers on American tactics and...
  • Poland no longer arming Ukraine: Polish PM

    09/20/2023 5:39:10 PM PDT · by BusterDog · 69 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/20/23
    Poland said Wednesday it will no longer arm Ukraine and instead focus on its own defense, as the two allies clashed at a key moment in Kyiv's fightback against invasion by Russia. In a mounting row over grain exports from Ukraine, Poland summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to protest remarks at the UN by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian leader said some countries were only pretending to support his nation as it wages a counteroffensive to retake land taken by Russia. Warsaw took offense at this.
  • Putin Seeking Quick End to Ukraine War, Turkey's Leader Hints

    09/20/2023 9:09:29 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 54 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 20, 2023 | Ellie Cook
    Russia expected to finish off its invasion of Ukraine within a week and a half, making sweeping gains in the initial days of the invasion that started on February 24, 2022. But this failed to materialize in the face of what experts called Ukrainian defiance that took the Kremlin by surprise. Western analyses have also suggested that Moscow made a number of crucial mistakes in the early phases, including how it used its tank crews, sustaining heavy losses of experienced personnel... Russia currently controls about one-fifth of Ukraine's internationally recognized territory. Kyiv's ongoing counteroffensive, which began in early June, has...
  • Ukrainian Tactics Put Russia on the Defensive in the Black Sea

    09/20/2023 8:14:52 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 67 replies
    Commercial vessels have resumed using Ukraine’s main port of Odesa without asking permission from Russia for the first time since the war began—showing just how much the balance of power has changed in the Black Sea. By imposing an asymmetrical war that relies on domestically produced naval drones and missiles, and that targets Russians ships in their own home bases, Ukraine has eroded much of Russia’s vaunted naval superiority... Outnumbered 12 to one by the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Ukrainian Navy wasn’t considered a meaningful force when Russia invaded... Ukraine quickly scuttled its flagship frigate... so that the vessel...
  • Bill Kristol’s ‘Republicans for Ukraine’ to Troll Second GOP Debate

    09/19/2023 6:34:30 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/19 | Joel B Pollack
    “Republicans for Ukraine,” a group led by Never Trump pundit Bill Kristol, plans to campaign in California ahead of the second GOP primary debate, to be held Sep. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The Los Angeles Daily News reported Tuesday: When Republican presidential candidates descend on Southern California next week for a debate and a state party convention, a new conservative group wants to ensure one specific topic is still top of mind: support for Ukraine.
  • Senior House GOP Lawmaker: Not Enough Votes in House Republican Conference for Ukraine Aid

    09/19/2023 7:26:25 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 73 replies
    House GOP to reject latest chutzpah-bum demands from Zelensky... House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) predicted on Sunday that Zelensky “makes the case better than anyone” and could be “very, very persuasive” in getting reluctant Republicans to back more aid. One senior GOP lawmaker scoffed at the remark. The lawmaker joked that when Turner’s “pet unicorn has offspring, I’d like to buy one of the colts.” “Get out of here. That’s just crazy. … We do not have the votes in the Republican conference to do any Ukraine funding,” the lawmaker continued.
  • President Biden At UN: "If We Allow Ukraine To Be Carved Up, Is The Independence Of Any Nation Secure?"

    09/19/2023 10:39:23 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 39 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 9/19/23 | Tim Hains
    PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Certain principles are sacrosanct. Sovereignty, territorial integrity, human rights -- these are the core tenets of the U.N. Charter, the pillars of peaceful relations among nations, without which we ca not achieve any of our goals. That has not changed and that must not change. Yet for the second year in a row, this gathering dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflicts is darkened by the shadow of war, an illegal war of conquest brought without provocation by Russia against its neighbor Ukraine. Like every nation in the world, the United States wants this war to end....
  • Trump says Ukraine could have avoided conflict

    09/18/2023 12:00:17 PM PDT · by Rattlesnake_Snook · 144 replies
    Ukraine could have avoided hundreds of thousands of deaths and lost less land if it had reached a peace deal with Russia before the conflict began last February, former US President Donald Trump told NBC News in an interview aired on Sunday. The loss of Ukrainian territory to Russia is “something that could have been negotiated,” Trump told NBC host Kristen Welker, adding that “a lot of people expected” Kiev to abandon its claims to “Crimea and other parts of the country” in exchange for peace. “So they could have made a deal where there’s less territory [lost] than Russia...
  • Russian Soldiers Blow Themselves Up After Getting Drunk on Resupply Run

    09/18/2023 8:34:31 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 48 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 18, 2023 | Isabel van Brugen
    Three Russian soldiers blew themselves up in a grenade explosion after getting drunk during a resupply run in Russia's southwestern Voronezh region, according to local media reports. The three servicemen died in a house in the city of Rossosh, and a further two were injured, according to the Telegram channel of independent Russian-language news outlet Astra, and the VChK-OGPU Telegram channel, which has close ties to Russian security forces. The news comes nearly 19 months into Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Publicly available data released by Kyiv's military indicates that more than 270,000 Russian troops have been...
  • Zelenskyy on liberation of Klishchiivka: Well done!

    09/18/2023 4:26:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 18, 2023 | Staff Report
    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked the soldiers who took part in the liberation of Klishchiivka in Donetsk Oblast, as well as everyone who protects the Ukrainian sky and fights on the front lines. "I would like to express gratitude today. To everyone who defends the sky of our country. Our pilots and engineers of the Air Force, warriors of mobile fire groups, all our anti-aircraft gunners. Thank you for constantly increasing the number of downed Russian missiles and drones, and thus the number of our people and infrastructure saved. Thank you, warriors! And to everyone who is now on the...
  • Ukraine retakes more territory in the east, south in counteroffensive

    09/18/2023 4:23:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2023 | Staff Report
    Ukraine reported on Monday its troops had recaptured more territory on the eastern front and advanced in the south in its military counteroffensive against Russian forces. Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar said Kyiv's forces had retaken two square km (0.77 square mile) of land in the past week around the shattered eastern city of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russian troops in May after months of fighting. Ukraine reported on Monday its troops had recaptured more territory on the eastern front and advanced in the south in its military counteroffensive against Russian forces. Overall, Ukraine regained more than 260 square...