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  • Russia's Wagner group could soon cease to exist, founder tells blogger

    04/29/2023 2:20:32 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 28, 2023 | David Ljunggren
    Russia's private Wagner militia, which is leading the assault on Bakhmut in Ukraine and has been active in Africa, could soon cease to exist, founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said in video remarks to a blogger that were released on Friday. It was not immediately clear when Prigozhin had spoken and how serious he was being. Earlier this week he withdrew comments about the frontline he said had been a joke. Prigozhin has complained repeatedly about how Russia is conducting the war in Ukraine. He often says the regular armed forces are not giving his men the ammunition they need and sometimes...
  • Belarusians wary of being drawn into war with Ukraine

    04/26/2023 4:50:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2023 | YURAS KARMANAU
    For Ruslan, an engineer in the Belarus capital of Minsk, Russia’s war in neighboring Ukraine suddenly seemed closer than ever when a conscription office recently sent him a summons for military training. It’s part of an effort that will see thousands of men in Belarus attend drills amid fears that the staunch Moscow ally could be drawn into the fighting. “They are telling us that Belarus won’t enter the war against Ukraine, but I hear Russian warplanes roar over my house heading to the Machulishchi air base outside Minsk,” the 27-year-old told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He...
  • New Ukraine positions near Kherson could signal spring offensive – report

    04/25/2023 4:33:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 66 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 23, 2023 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    Ukraine’s military has set up positions on the eastern side of the Dnipro River near Kherson city, the Institute for the Study of War cites Russian military bloggers as saying. Infiltrating the area could be a first step towards trying to dislodge Russian forces from positions they are using to shell and shoot at Kherson. The constant attacks have made it impossible for residents to return to normal life months after Ukrainian troops liberated the city from occupation. Ukrainian military forays across the river could also mark the first tentative steps towards launching a long-awaited spring offensive to reclaim more...
  • Mercenary warlord's troops terrorize Russia after Ukraine service: 'Could get away with anything'

    04/23/2023 3:56:21 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies ^ | April 22, 2023 | Peter Aitken
    Wagner soldiers returning to Russia following their brief service in Ukraine have terrorized their hometown communities, according to reports. "The state and personally Putin and Prigozhin are to blame for Yulia’s death and should answer for it," an unnamed close relative of Yulia Buiskich, a woman allegedly killed by a paroled Wagner troop, told The Observer. "They released a sick b------ into society." Buiskich, 85, was found dead in her home in the town of Novyj Burets, a community of some few hundred people. Ivan Rossomakhin, a 28-year-old Wagner soldier who received a pardon for his service in Ukraine, allegedly...
  • NATO chief visits Ukraine for 1st time since Russia invaded

    04/20/2023 4:32:20 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 20, 2023 | LORNE COOK and SAMYA KULLAB
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg visited Ukraine on Thursday for the first time since Russia invaded more than a year ago, a highly symbolic trip that underscores the alliance’s commitment to helping Kyiv defend itself. The Kremlin quickly warned that Ukraine must not be allowed to join NATO. Russia has given various and shifting justifications for going to war, but it has repeatedly pointed to the expansion of the military alliance toward its borders in recent years, including citing fears that Kyiv would be admitted. Images published in local media showed Stoltenberg apparently paying tribute to fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv’s...
  • Russia's Pacific Fleet Commander Resigns a Week After 'Surprise Inspection'

    04/20/2023 4:39:38 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 20, 2023 | ISABEL VAN BRUGEN
    The commander of Russia's Pacific Fleet has resigned, Russian President Vladimir Putin's representative in the country's Far East announced on Thursday. Putin's envoy, Yury Trutnev, said that Admiral Sergei Avakyants, 65, has been appointed the head of a group that is in charge of military sports training and patriotic education, Russia news outlet Kommersant reported. Avakyants had held the position as commander of the Pacific Fleet since 2012. News of his resignation comes a week after Russia decided to conduct missile launches and torpedo tests as part of a "surprise inspection" of its Pacific Fleet. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu...
  • Wagner Group Resorting to Desperate Measures to Make Up for Losses

    04/19/2023 4:43:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 17, 2023 | Brendan Cole
    The Wagner Group private military company (PMC) may be trying to force mobilized Russian personnel to sign contracts with the mercenaries fighting for Moscow to offset their troop losses in Ukraine. Spearheading Moscow's fierce fight for the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut that has raged for months, the group, headed by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, has seen a huge number of troops killed in action. "A group of around 170 mobilized men from these aircraft ... were forced to sign contracts with the Wagner PMC," Astra reported, citing the soldiers' relatives. Russian sources had previously reported that 100 mobilized personnel in Luhansk...
  • Russian MSM reporting Bakhmut has fallen

    04/08/2023 9:58:10 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 97 replies
    Major Russian media now reporting Bakhmut in Russian handsBakhmut was the basic lynchpin of the entire ukie defensive system in the East.
  • Russia loses election to three UN bodies over Ukraine

    04/08/2023 7:36:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2023 | Staff Report
    Russia lost elections to three United Nations bodies this week, a sign that opposition to its invasion of Ukraine over a year ago remains strong. The votes in the 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council follow approval of six non-binding resolutions against Russia by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly. The latest — on Feb. 23, the eve of the first anniversary of the invasion — called for Moscow to end hostilities and withdraw its forces and was adopted by a vote of 141-7 with 32 abstentions. In the ECOSOC votes, Russia was overwhelmingly defeated by Romania for a seat on...
  • Ukraine to export electricity again after months of Russian attacks

    04/08/2023 7:33:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | April 8, 2023 | Marita Moloney
    Ukraine is able to export electricity for the first time in six months as its energy infrastructure recovers from months of repeated Russian attacks. Russia began its lengthy and deliberate assault on Ukraine's energy infrastructure last October. It led to power cuts and scheduled blackouts, leaving towns and cities in darkness during winter. Ukraine was forced to stop electricity exports - but will now be able to sell its excess power again. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko signed an executive order authorising the exports, although local customers remain the priority. He said the system had been producing extra capacity for almost...
  • Finland Deals a Blow to Putin as It Enters NATO

    04/04/2023 3:53:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 4, 2023 | Steven Erlanger
    The Nordic country will become NATO’s 31st member on Tuesday, expanding the alliance in a strategic setback for President Vladimir Putin of Russia. (snip) Finland’s flag is being raised on Tuesday afternoon at NATO headquarters, a deeply symbolic moment marking the Nordic nation’s official welcome into the alliance and the shifting power calculations as the West strengthens its allegiances in response to the war in Ukraine. The president of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, is expected to attend the ceremony, on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 74th anniversary, in what amounts to a strategic defeat for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia,...
  • Poland sends MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine

    04/03/2023 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 3, 2023 | Michael Starr
    Several MiG-29 fighter aircraft have been delivered to Ukraine to aid it in its fight against Russia, Marcin Przydacz, Head of the International Policy Bureau of the President of Poland, said to RMF24 radio on Monday. The transfer would make Poland the first Ukrainian ally to supply it with warplanes. Polish President Andrzej Duda said on March 16 that four of the aircraft would be delivered in the coming days. Przydacz said that there would be further transfers of fighter craft to Ukraine. Duda said that Poland has around 20 MiG-29s, Reuters reported.

    04/02/2023 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Institute for the Study of War ^ | April 1, 2023 | Riley Bailey, Kateryna Stepanenko, Nicole Wolkov, and Frederick W. Kagan
    Russian, Ukrainian, and Western sources observed on April 1 that the Russian winter offensive has failed to achieve the Kremlin’s goals of seizing the Donetsk and Luhansk oblast administrative borders by March 31. Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov had announced on December 22 that Russian forces were focusing most of their efforts on seizing Donetsk Oblast, and Russian forces launched their winter offensive operation in early February along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna-Lyman line and on select frontlines in western Donetsk Oblast. The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) observed that Gerasimov has failed to extend Russian control over Donbas during...
  • Ukraine procures 100 Poland-made 'Rosomak' armoured vehicles

    04/01/2023 8:53:27 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | April 1, 2023 | Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao
    Ukraine has ordered 100 Rosomak multi-purpose armoured vehicles, which are made in Poland under a Finnish license, Poland's prime minister said on Saturday. "I bring an order placed yesterday by (Ukrainian) Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal for 100 Rosomaks that will be fabricated here," Mateusz Morawiecki said during a visit to the Rosomak manufacturing site in the southern Polish town of Siemianowice Slaskie. The order will be financed through funds that Poland has received from the European Union and US funds that Ukraine has received, he said, without providing details or the overall cost of the contract.
  • Russia plans to use Moldova against Ukraine same way it uses Belarus – Moldovan President

    04/01/2023 8:44:33 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 30, 2023 | Staff Report
    Moldovan President Maia Sandu has stated that Russia wants to use her country against Ukraine like the Kremlin uses Belarus. Sandu said Russia is trying to undermine and overthrow the government in Chișinău, and the Moldovan authorities have evidence of such actions. "It is clear that Russia is trying to install a pro-Russian government in Chișinău to use Moldova against Ukraine, as is the case, for example, with Belarus," the president said. She recalled the recent statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding his intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. "This is exactly what Russia wants to do...
  • Turkey approves Finland’s NATO bid, clearing path for it to join alliance

    03/31/2023 12:32:06 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Post, via ^ | March 30, 2023 | Emily Rauhala, Annabelle Timsit, and Kareem Fahim
    Turkey’s parliament has voted to approve Finland’s NATO membership bid, paving the way for the Nordic country to join the security alliance. The decision only applies to Finland, not Sweden, its neighbor and fellow NATO hopeful. Both countries applied on the same day last year, having made the decision to join the alliance after Russia invaded Ukraine. Thursday’s vote was the last hurdle in Finland’s quest to join the military organization. Its eventual accession would remake European security, doubling NATO’s land border with Russia and bringing the full force of the alliance to Europe’s far north.
  • Russia says Ukraine ceasefire now would not achieve Moscow's goals

    03/31/2023 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2023 | Staff Report
    Russia said on Friday that a ceasefire in Ukraine would not enable it to achieve the goals of its "special military operation" at the moment. The Kremlin was reacting after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko - Russia's closest ally - called for an immediate ceasefire, without preconditions, and for both Moscow and Kyiv to start negotiations on a lasting peace settlement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Russia had noted Lukashenko's comments and that President Vladimir Putin would discuss it with him next week. But he said Russia's goals in Ukraine could not be achieved at the moment through a halt...
  • Lukashenko: Russia could put intercontinental missiles in Belarus if necessary

    03/31/2023 8:28:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2023 | Caleb Davis, Kevin Liffey, and Mark Trevelyan
    President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that Russia, which has already decided to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, could if necessary put intercontinental nuclear missiles there too. In an annual address to lawmakers and government officials, Lukashenko said Moscow's plans to station nuclear arms on the territory of its close ally would help protect Belarus, which he said was under threat from the West. (snip) "I am not trying to intimidate or blackmail anyone. I want to safeguard the Belarusian state and ensure peace for the Belarusian people," Lukashenko said. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that...