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  • Putin is urging women to have as many as 8 children after so many Russians died in his war with Ukraine

    12/01/2023 10:32:55 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 96 replies
    Business Insider, via Yahoo! News ^ | November 30, 2023 | Tom Porter
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging women to have as many as eight children as the number of dead Russian soldiers continues to rise in his war with Ukraine, worsening the country's population crisis. Addressing the World Russian People's Council in Moscow on Tuesday, Putin said the country must return to a time when large families were the norm. "Many of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had seven, eight, or even more children," Putin said. "Let us preserve and revive these excellent traditions. Large families must become the norm, a way of life for all of Russia's people. The family is...
  • Israel won’t achieve security by decapitating Hamas, drowning Gaza in blood: Kremlin

    11/27/2023 4:08:24 PM PST · by marcusmaximus · 55 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 11/27/2023 | Tuqa Khalid
    Israel will hardly be able to ensure its security even by “drowning the Gaza Strip in blood,” Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said on Monday. “Even by decapitating Hamas and even by drowning the Gaza Strip in blood it will hardly be possible to ensure Israel's security. After some time, the tide of hatred and terrorism may rise again with renewed force. This cannot be ruled out,” Ushakov said as cited by state news agency TASS. “The Palestinian problem is unrivalled in terms of its ability to spread to the global level,” he added. “Israel's military measures fail to narrow...
  • Hamas thanks Putin for his support as it releases Russian hostage

    11/26/2023 1:23:33 PM PST · by marcusmaximus · 184 replies
    Telegraph UK/Yahoo News UK ^ | 11/26/2023 | Staff
    Hamas thanked Vladimir Putin for his support for the “Palestinian cause” as the terror group released a Russian hostage from the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon. It said its release of a Russian citizen from the war-ravaged territory was made in appreciation of the position taken by Moscow’s position on the conflict with Israel. “In response to the efforts of Russian president Putin and in appreciation of the Russian position in support of the Palestinian cause, we released a detainee who holds Russian citizenship,” Hamas said.
  • Hamas’ gift to Vladimir Putin

    10/10/2023 4:41:28 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | October 10, 2023 | JAMIE DETTMER AND CHRISTIAN OLIVER
    Hamas’ brutal assault against Israel came on Vladimir Putin’s birthday. Such a catastrophic security shock in the Middle East was probably a welcome surprise for a Russian president whose strategic priority is to divert Western support and attention away from Ukraine. A massive conflagration in Israel risks doing exactly that. The big question is how much credit to give the Kremlin for the perfect storm of mounting crises — in Israel, Kosovo, the Caucasus and Africa — that are rearing up on America and Europe. For many, it’s tempting to see Putin as a mastermind or puppetmaster, stirring up more...
  • 'They're just meat': Russia deploys punishment battalions in echo of Stalin

    10/03/2023 4:24:24 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2023 | Polina Nikolskaya and Maria Tsvetkova
    Drunk recruits. Insubordinate soldiers. Convicts. They're among hundreds of military and civilian offenders who've been pressed into Russian penal units known as "Storm-Z" squads and sent to the frontlines in Ukraine this year, according to 13 people with knowledge of the matter, including five fighters in the units. Few live to tell their tale, the people said. (snip) "Storm fighters, they're just meat," said one regular soldier from army unit no. 40318 who was deployed near the fiercely contested city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine in May and June. (snip) Russian state-controlled media has reported that Storm-Z squads exist, that...
  • Russia's air force has lost 90 planes in Ukraine and is becoming less formidable by overworking its jets, UK intel says

    09/28/2023 6:39:35 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 28, 2023 | Sophia Ankel
    Russia's air force has lost 90 planes since the start of the war in Ukraine and is becoming less formidable by overworking its jets, UK intelligence said. The British Ministry of Defence said in its latest daily intelligence update on Thursday that Russia is quickly depleting its fleet of warplanes through overuse because the conflict is dragging on for much longer than anticipated. "All aircraft have a projected lifespan, in flying hours," the update said, adding that it's highly likely that with the extra use, Russia is "eating into many of its airframes' lifespans" far more quickly than planned for....
  • Another Russian mercenary group shows discontent with the Kremlin: ‘A sign of more to come’

    09/05/2023 3:13:08 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    France 24 ^ | September 4, 2023 | Louise Nordstrom
    “Robotyne has been liberated,” Ukraine’s deputy defence minister Hanna Maliar announced on August 28. Although the tiny village, which had a pre-war population of fewer than 500 people, may be of little importance in itself, it lies along a strategic road that leads to the Russian-occupied road and railway hub of Tokmak. From there, another road leads to the key city of Melitopol, which, prior to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, was known to Ukrainians as the “gateway” to the peninsula. Last week’s victory was therefore an important advance for Ukraine. Just a few days earlier, however, fighters...
  • Ukraine’s Offensive Makes Progress

    09/02/2023 4:54:03 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 1, 2023 | Julian E. Barnes and Gaya Gupta
    Ukrainian forces have made “notable progress” in their counteroffensive over the last 72 hours, notching wins against the second line of Russian defenders, a White House spokesman, John F. Kirby, said at a news conference on Friday. The United States, Mr. Kirby said, will not discuss Ukraine’s war plans, or how its forces would exploit their gains. But, he added, the U.S. expects Ukraine to continue to push further south, requiring “tough fighting ahead.” Ukraine’s military celebrated a tactical victory earlier this week when its forces retook the southern village of Robotyne. Days later, Ukrainian assault units moved east toward...
  • ‘The war is coming home to Russia’: Ukraine turns the tables on Moscow as drone warfare intensifies

    09/01/2023 3:38:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies ^ | September 1, 2023 | Holly Ellyatt
    A sharp rise in drone attacks targeting Russian territory is likely to intensify, analysts say, with Kyiv appearing increasingly determined to bring the destruction, instability and unpredictability of war — albeit a fraction of what it is experiencing itself — home to Russia. Russia has seen a sharp rise in unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, carrying out assaults on western, central and southern Russian regions as well as the capital Moscow and Russian-occupied Crimea in recent weeks. While Ukraine is continuing a counteroffensive on its own soil to regain Russian-occupied territory in the south and east of the country, and...
  • In 13 Weeks, Ukraine Has Lost Just Five Of Its 71 Leopard 2 Tanks

    09/01/2023 3:45:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 28, 2023 | David Axe
    In the 13 weeks since launching a long-anticipated counteroffensive along several axes in southern and eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian army has lost just five of its 71 Leopard 2 tanks. Many more of the German-made tanks—at least 10—have suffered damage. But the Ukrainians are repairing the damaged tanks at depots in Poland and Germany and returning them to the front. The fundamental toughness of the 69-ton Leopard 2 means tanks might take damage, visit a repair depot, return to the fighting then again take damage and head out for repairs. So on and so forth. The Leopard 2 lends itself...
  • Ukraine Strikes 'Demonstrably Degrading' Russian Morale on Front Line: ISW

    08/21/2023 8:52:24 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 65 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Aug. 21, 2023 | Isabel van Brugen
    Ukrainian strikes on Russian rear areas are "demonstrably degrading" the morale of Russian forces in Ukraine, and this "could threaten the stability of Russian defenses on multiple critical areas of the front," the ISW said.... The ISW said morale issues can quickly intensify and spread among Russian frontline units if one unit under pressure breaks, which in turn could "spread panic" and "significantly reduce the combat effectiveness of other Russian forces." "A broken Russian frontline unit would threaten the integrity of other frontline defenses, and such a break in the Russian frontline would provide a vulnerability that Ukrainian forces could...
  • Putin Raises Elderly Army as Ex-Servicemen Up to 70 Deemed Eligible

    07/28/2023 3:10:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 22, 2023 | Brendan Cole
    Russian lawmakers have passed legislation changing the age categories for those called up for the military potentially meaning that older troops could be sent to fight in Ukraine. With President Vladimir Putin's forces reportedly facing heavy losses in his invasion of Ukraine, Russia's parliament, the Duma, has this week passed a raft of measures to help with mobilization, including tougher fines for those who avoid the draft as well as extending upper age limits for reserves. The State Duma said Tuesday it had adopted a law raising the maximum age by half a decade for those who had already completed...
  • Ukrainian troops 'break through Russian defences' to capture village of Staromaiorske

    07/27/2023 7:01:51 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies
    Sky news ^ | July 27, 2023 | Michael Drummond
    A Ukrainian official tweeted a video of troops holding a flag in the settlement, located about halfway between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia in the country's southeast. "The 35th brigade and the 'Ariy' territorial defence unit have fulfilled their task and liberated the village of Staromaiorske. Glory to Ukraine!" said a soldier in the video. Staromaiorske lies to the south of a number of small settlements that Ukraine has recaptured during its counteroffensive, which began in June. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy had hinted at a significant win on the frontline last night. "By the way, today our boys had very good results...
  • Russia abruptly fired a front-line general, and now Ukraine is seizing the moment to punch through the defenses he had overseen

    07/27/2023 7:04:58 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Business Insider, via ^ | July 27, 2023 | Jake Epstein
    Ukrainian forces reportedly launched a massive push against Russia's front-lines in the country's southeastern Zaporizhzhia region, threatening Russian positions that had been overseen by a general who was recently fired. The surge marks a dramatic change in pace for Ukraine's ongoing counteroffensive. For nearly two months, Kyiv's troops were forced to make slow and steady advances to liberate occupied territory as they faced Russia's formidable defensive lines, which include deadly networks of trenches, barbed wire, anti-armor obstacles, and minefields. Clearing the Russian fortifications — particularly the minefields — has been a painstaking process for Ukraine, which managed to preserve lots...
  • Nearly half of Americans think Trump should suspend 2024 campaign after indictment: poll

    04/12/2023 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 89 replies
    Fox ^ | April 10, 2023 | Aubrie Spady
    As former President Donald Trump ramps up his 2024 presidential campaign, new polling reveals that while more than half of Americans believe he intentionally did something illegal after his indictment, many believe it was politically motivated. Trump was arraigned Tuesday in New York City on charges stemming from alleged 2016 hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, making him the first former president in American history to be criminally charged. A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 48% of Americans think Trump should suspend his presidential campaign following the indictment, up 5 points from last week. The survey...
  • Russia closes prized bridge after Ukraine drone strike on ammo depot in Crimea: authorities

    07/22/2023 3:22:40 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 22, 2023 | Matthew Sedacca
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s prized bridge — the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Russia and the Crimean Peninsula — was forced to shut down Saturday following a Ukrainian drone strike on a nearby ammunition depot, Russian-backed authorities said. Ukraine said that its army had destroyed an oil depot along with Russian military warehouses in Russian-occupied Crimea with the strike. Video on social media showed a plume of thick black smoke rising from the site of the attack. Sergei Aksyonov, the Moscow-installed governor of the peninsula, confirmed a drone hit the ammunition depot, which prompted an evacuation order for everyone within a...
  • Former Prigozhin media employees describe how the anti-Ukraine propaganda was made

    07/19/2023 3:54:57 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 18, 2023 | John Sexton
    One of the minor outcomes of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s March for Justice on Moscow was that, after he was banished to Belarus, his media empire was shut down. Now there are reports that former employees, who are no longer covered by NDAs, are speaking up about how the propaganda was actually made. (snip) There are apparently a long string of fake reports which were later debunked, designed to anger the populace back home. One infamous story claimed that Ukrainian nationalists had crucified a 3-year-old. This was claimed by an alleged witness who was interviewed back in 2014. "Pretending to be an...
  • Alexey Navalny on Wagner's Aborted Coup Attempt

    06/28/2023 3:52:36 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 28, 2023 | Alexey Navalny
    Since June 1, even the radio has been turned off in my cell. I can't see other people, and when I do I'm not allowed to talk to them. So when I entered the courtroom and the courtroom and the lawyers asked me, "So how did martial law go for you?", I thought it was some kind of new joke or Internet meme that hadn't reached me yet. And when, a minute later, they were telling me about the seizure of Rostov, the helicopters that had been shot down, and the armed column heading for Moscow to "kill that bastard...

    06/27/2023 4:05:20 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Institute for the Study of War ^ | June 26, 2023 | Kateryna Stepanenko, Grace Mappes, Nicole Wolkov, George Barros, and Frederick W. Kagan
    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on June 26 seeking to persuade as many Wagner fighters and leaders as possible to join the Russian military and continue fighting against Ukraine and to cause individuals most loyal to Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin to self-identify. Putin continued to denounce the organizers of the armed rebellion as traitors. Putin thanked Russian society and the Russian security forces for defending Russia’s sovereignty and expressed gratitude to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for brokering negotiations with the perpetrators of the rebellion. Putin did not name Prigozhin specifically, but Putin’s speech leaves little room for...
  • Shoigu reappears, but where is Putin?

    06/26/2023 6:35:55 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 26, 2023 | Jazz Shaw
    During the chaos in Russia this weekend, much of the nation’s leadership effectively disappeared. It remains unclear if Vladimir Putin is even in Moscow, though state spokesmen insist that he has remained “working inside the Kremlin.” The target of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s aborted coup attempt, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, similarly pulled a vanishing act on Saturday. But today he finally reappeared, showing up in Ukraine to perform an inspection of some of Russia’s troops, making sure that the media was there to cover his performance. The Defense Ministry published a video showing Shoigu meeting with high-ranking Russian Army officers at a...