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Ukraine (News/Activism)

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  • No, the West did not sabotage an early peace deal in Ukraine

    02/24/2024 1:52:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies ^ | January 12, 2024 | Adam Zivo
    For over a year now, pro-Russian voices have circulated the conspiracy theory that Ukraine was close to signing a peace deal in the spring of 2022, only to be thwarted by the West. Although this narrative has repeatedly been debunked as disinformation, it stubbornly persists in some circles.The central premise of the theory is that, only a few weeks into the war, Ukraine was ready to sign a deal with Russia amid peace talks in Istanbul until Western powers, led by former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ordered Kyiv to scrap the deal. It is thus argued that blame for...
  • Two years on, Ukraine is seeking the least worst option

    02/24/2024 1:17:03 PM PST · by hardspunned · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/24/24 | Roland Oliphant
    In the summer of 2022, I spent several days ringing acquaintances in Ukraine. The six-month anniversary of the full-scale invasion was approaching – a milestone few had imagined it would reach when the tanks first rolled in – and I wanted a sense of how they saw the war. It was not an easy time. Kyiv had been saved, but Mariupol and Severodonetsk lost despite heroic last stands. There seemed to be no answer to Russia’s grinding artillery war in Donbas. And on the sun-drenched summer battlefields, everyone knew that the government would not talk about casualties because they were...
  • Ukraine war: Zelensky insists country will win on second anniversary

    02/24/2024 12:54:20 PM PST · by McGruff · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 24, 2024 | Kathryn Armstrong
    Ukraine's president has issued a rallying cry, vowing that his country will prevail, as it marks two years since Russia's full-scale invasion. "None of us will allow our Ukraine to end," Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address in the capital Kyiv. The anniversary comes as Ukraine experiences a range of setbacks in its efforts to expel Russia from its territory. Mr Zelensky said in his speech on Saturday that while any normal person would want the war to end, it could only be on Ukraine's terms.
  • Russia is hiring Indians for support work, then sending them to fight for Russian Army in Ukraine

    02/24/2024 11:50:01 AM PST · by Lurch Addams · 18 replies
    NDTV India News ^ | 2/23/24 | NDTV
    Yesterday, reports emerged that dozens of Indians were allegedly duped into military service in Russia. The unsuspecting Indians were promised support jobs but were ultimately enlisted in the Russian army, receiving misleading translations of documents and undergoing military training against their initial understanding.
  • Rodents incapacitate millions in eco-friendly military equipment in Ukraine: the unforeseen problem

    02/24/2024 9:42:54 AM PST · by EnderWiggin1970 · 59 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/24/24 | PJU
    Weaponry systems in Ukraine, many of which were supplied by European countries, have been rendered unworkable, not due to Russian interference, but because of damage caused by mice and other rodents. Seemingly, these creatures have developed a preference for cable insulation made of corn fiber over synthetic materials. This predilection leads to malfunctioning electrical installations, rendering the expensive equipment essentially worthless, and requiring rapid overhauling. Mice and rats have become a bane on the frontline for both Ukrainian and Russian forces, with these rodents capable of nesting almost anywhere, even in the exhaust systems of armored vehicles. The disadvantage of...
  • 47th Brigade showed combat use of its M1A1 SA Abrams tanks

    02/24/2024 10:19:24 AM PST · by hardspunned · 12 replies
    Militarnyi ^ | 2/23/24 | Militarnyi
    Soldiers of the 47th Mechanized Brigade showed the combat use of their M1A1 SA Abrams tanks in the Avdiivka direction. And while Russian invaders are trying to understand where Abrams tanks are, tankers of the 47th Mechanized Brigade have been “dismantling” Russian invaders and their equipment for molecules for more than a month,” the Brigade said. In the video, there is shown the presence of ARAT ERA protection on combat vehicles. As Militarnyi previously reported in January the SA tanks of Armed Forces of Ukraine had been equipped with an Abrams Reactive Armor (ARAT-1) protection.
  • 'You can't destroy our dreams' says Zelensky as War in Ukraine enters third year

    02/24/2024 7:09:34 AM PST · by RandFan · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 24 | BBC
    In a rallying cry, President Zelensky urged his country to keep fighting and said Russia could not destroy Ukrainian dreams The president was joined by four Western leaders, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen - she praised Kyiv's forces' courage that "stood in Putin’s way" And in a reminder of the ongoing bloodshed, Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities continued overnight, with four deaths reported across the country We've heard from top Ukrainian officials across the day, with Kyiv major Vitali Klitschko and former Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasising the need for more aid and military support from western...
  • Russia's Top 5 Blunders in Two Years of Ukraine War

    02/24/2024 6:47:08 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Feb. 24, 2024 | David Brennan
    For Russia, the battlefield situation is a testament to systemic failure. "Russia could not win this war at all," he continued. "No chances. Nothing to fix... Everything is wrong: Russia's strategy, Russia's ideology, decision-making process, education system, etcetera." Moscow's war effort has become more costly, more brutal and less ambitious over the past two years. The Kremlin's plodding devastation doctrine is still laying waste to front-line areas, but a goal of total victory was abandoned—like so many Russian soldiers—in the churned approaches to Kyiv in the spring of 2022... "Russia's army was unable to win anyway," Luzin said. "Russia put...
  • Ukraine Shoots Down Second Highly Advanced Russian A-50 Spy Plane

    02/23/2024 3:39:30 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 23, 2024 | Kaitlin Lewis
    The Ukrainian Air Force said its fighters on Friday shot down a Russian A-50 military spy plane, the second of the prized aircraft that Kyiv has claimed to destroy this year. The Beriev A-50 is an airborne early warning and control jet used by Russia to help monitor Ukraine's air defenses. The aircraft typically fly with a crew of up to 15 personnel and are estimated to cost over $300 million to produce. According to Russian and Ukrainian reports, an A-50 was brought down over the Sea of Azov late Friday. Kyiv officials took credit for the jet's destruction, although...
  • A mysterious blood clot, the missing body, and murderous Western spies: The Russian state continues to lie about Navalny’s death

    02/23/2024 12:16:48 PM PST · by Chad C. Mulligan · 43 replies
    The Insider ^ | 21 February 2024 | Insider staff
    Starting almost immediately after the death of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a penal colony in the Russian Far North, Russian government agencies and Kremlin-controlled media began issuing implausible, contradictory speculation as to how Vladimir Putin’s chief political rival could have possibly met his demise in a remote facility administered by Vladimir Putin’s oppressive state apparatus. As an exercise in understanding just how disorienting the Kremlin’s firehose of falsehoods can be, The Insider sums up the most blatantly false “versions” of Navalny’s death that were offered to the Russian public.
  • Joe Biden’s Brother Switched Up Story On China Deal After Lawmakers Showed Him Receipts, Source Says

    02/22/2024 6:38:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2024 9:10 PM ET | NICK POPE
    James Biden altered his story during a closed-door interview with lawmakers on Wednesday after congressional investigators presented him with evidence directly contradicting his claims, according to a source familiar with the interview. Joe Biden’s younger brother, in closed-door testimony to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, initially told his interviewers that he was not part of a business deal involving Hunter Biden and several of his associates, according to a source familiar with the interview. However, after investigators showed him an agreement that featured his signature alongside those of Hunter Biden and his business partners ,James Biden then told legislators...
  • How the Kremlin's enemies die: Poison, staged suicides, falling out of windows… the many different ways Moscow's opponents meet their maker, as Alexei Navalny is 'killed using KGB heart punch'

    02/22/2024 4:20:07 AM PST · by Chad C. Mulligan · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 February 2024 | Chris Jewers
    The death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and accusations that Vladimir Putin was behind it have once again raised the spectre of Kremlin assassinations. World leaders and commentators instantly pointed the finger at the Russian president when the news of Navalny's death broke on Friday, with questions around the cause of death fuelled by officials delaying the release of the body. Some have suggested the 47-year-old dissident was poisoned - as he was in 2020 in a previous assassination attempt - while one source inside the prison colony where Navalny died has claimed he was likely killed by a...
  • A Russian Military Blogger Dies After Criticizing Army Losses

    02/22/2024 2:57:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    New York times ^ | 22 February 2024 | Anatomy Kurmanaev
    A pro-war Russian military blogger died on Wednesday, his lawyer said, after the blogger wrote the country’s military pressured him to remove a post exposing the scale of its losses in a recent battle in Ukraine. The blogger, Andrei Morozov, claimed in his post that Russia had lost 16,000 men and 300 armored vehicles in its assault on the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, which the Russians captured last week. He deleted the post on Tuesday after what he said was a campaign of intimidation against him. The following morning, Mr. Morozov published a series of posts on Telegram outlining the...
  • Desperate for soldiers, Ukraine weighs unpopular plan to expand the draft

    02/21/2024 10:32:53 PM PST · by McGruff · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 22, 2024 | SAMYA KULLAB and SUSIE BLANN
    When the Russian army mounted a full-scale invasion two years ago, Ukrainian men zealously rushed to recruitment centers across the country to enlist, ready to die in defense of their nation. Today, with Russia in control of roughly one-quarter of Ukraine and the two armies virtually deadlocked along a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) front line, that spirit to enlist has faded: Many Ukrainian men are evading the draft by hiding at home or trying to bribe their way out of the battle. Along the frigid and muddy front line, commanders say their army is too small and made up of too many...
  • Russian blitz forces NATO troops to "secretly join" Ukraine's fight; disguised as "mercenaries."

    02/21/2024 11:08:54 AM PST · by Red6 · 77 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 02/19/2024 | Ukn
    Russia has made an explosive claim about NATO's involvement in the Ukraine war. Moscow claimed that NATO troops, disguised as mercenaries, are operating in Ukraine. The claim has been made by the chief of the main operational directorate of the Russian general staff, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy. He said that NATO troops control multiple launch rocket systems and air defences in Ukraine. The startling statement comes as the Ukrainian army is unable to defend its territory. In the latest blow, the Ukrainian military lost control over Avdiivka. Watch this report to learn more.
  • Polish Farmers Blockade Ukrainian Border, Undermining Globalist PM Tusk and Angering Zelensky

    02/21/2024 8:55:22 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/21/2024 | KURT ZINDULKA
    Polish farmers brought the border with Ukraine to a complete standstill with their tractors on Tuesday as they protested the “uncontrolled” flows of cheap produce from their war-torn neighbour, which they claim has severely undermined their ability to remain in business. In a significant blow to recently installed globalist Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who has vowed to be the most “pro-Ukrainian politician in Europe,” farmers from his country riled Kyiv once again by shutting down the border crossings at Lublin and Podkarpackie with hundreds of tractors, completely blocking off large transport trucks from coming in and out of the country...
  • Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned, ground down by relentless Russia

    02/21/2024 8:33:26 AM PST · by SaxxonWoods · 87 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/20/2024 | Max Hunder
    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, Feb 21 (Reuters) - As the Ukraine war enters its third year, the infantry of 59th Brigade are confronting a bleak reality: they're running out of soldiers and ammunition to resist their Russian invaders. One platoon commander who goes by his call sign "Tygr" estimated that just 60-70% of the several thousand men in the brigade at the start of the conflict were still serving. The rest had been killed, wounded or signed off for reasons such as old age or illness.
  • Russia Arrests U.S. Citizen On ‘Treason’ Charges For Donating $50 To Ukrainian Charity

    02/21/2024 7:49:23 AM PST · by Twotone · 9 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | February 20, 2024 | Ryan Saavedra
    The Russian government has arrested a dual U.S. citizen on treason charges for donating a small amount of money to a Ukrainian charity. The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that it arrested 33-year-old Ksenia Karelina for donating $51.80 to Razom, a New York-based charity that sends assistance to Ukraine. “Since February 2022, she has been proactively collecting funds in the interests of one of the Ukrainian organizations, which were subsequently used to purchase tactical medicine items, equipment, weapons and ammunition by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the FSB said. She was arrested in Yekaterinburg, a city in...
  • JD Vance’s defense message to Europe is imperfect but cannot be ignored

    02/21/2024 7:45:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 20, 2024 | Tom Rogan
    Attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany last weekend, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) explained why he believes the United States should resist new aid provisions to Ukraine. Vance was nuanced and well spoken, something that seemed to shock the Munich audience. He unequivocally condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for the killing of Alexei Navalny (the refusal to hand over the body to Navalny’s family points strongly to poisoning). And when it came to Ukraine, Vance’s argument was not that Ukraine doesn’t deserve support but rather that the U.S. must pivot to Asia because its military resources exist in a “world...
  • Under the fog of war, Ukraine cancels its 2024 presidential elections

    02/21/2024 7:41:48 AM PST · by Twotone · 45 replies
    The Dossier ^ | February 20, 2024 | Jordan Schachtel
    A very significant political event occurred in Ukraine earlier this month, and almost nobody noticed. President Volodymyr Zelensky, the leader of the war-torn country, just received approval from his parliament to extend Martial Law another 90 days. There have been many parliamentary extensions of the wartime mandate, but this one carried special significance because the 2024 presidential elections in Ukraine were scheduled for March 31, 2024, coinciding with the end of Zelensky’s five year term. Now that Martial Law is in place to cover that time period, Ukraine’s presidential elections have been canceled indefinitely. There is currently no set date...