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  • Ukrainian pilots shooting down Russian drones with WW2 Spitfire-style planes in humiliating blow to Putin’s war machine

    06/22/2024 9:33:29 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 79 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 6/22/2024 | Rachel Bunyan
    Dramatic video shows Kyiv's propeller-driven Yak-52 hunting down a Russian drone. UKRAINE are using WW2-style planes to hunt down Russian drones on the battlefield in a blow to Vladimir Putin's increasingly desperate war effort. Air Marshal Greg Bagwell, a retired RAF commander, told The Sun Ukraine has taken inspiration from Britain's famous Spitfires and are making headway in the skies against Vlad's meatgrinder troops. In a scene reminiscent of WW2, dramatic video showed Kyiv's propeller-driven Yak-52 plane in an intense dogfight with a Russian drone in the sky above southern Ukraine in April. The 1970s two-seater training aircraft chased Vlad's...
  • Putin's troops blast one of their own £19million Ka-29 assault helicopters out of the sky in latest humiliating friendly fire blunder

    06/21/2024 7:17:34 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/21/2024 | Will Stewart
    Russia's armed forces suffered a new blow today when its air defences shot down one of its own military helicopters near the war zone. The latest friendly fire nightmare resulted in the death of all four crew members, it was reported. The £19 million Ka-29 assault helicopter was on duty hunting for Ukrainian kamikaze sea drones near Black Sea resort Anapa this morning when it was hit by a Russian Pantsir medium-range surface-to-air missile in an incident of mistaken targeting. The Russians blamed the blunder on a malfunction of the 'friend or foe' identification system.
  • Putin Has Tainted Russian Greatness

    06/20/2024 6:56:33 AM PDT · by Cronos · 82 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2024, 5:02 a.m. ET | SERGE SCHMEMANN
    Many years ago, in the 1980s, I went to Brighton Beach, then in its heyday as a district of newly arrived Soviet Jews. It was a grand event, rich in humor and tinged with nostalgia. I asked a middle-aged partygoer for his thoughts on his lost homeland, and his reply has stayed with me: “I hate Russia, for forcing me to leave her.” It was an apt summary of what waves of émigrés from Russia and the Soviet Union since the early 20th century have felt: a sorrowful sense of loss for a motherland — what Russians call “toska po...
  • A Russian submarine that just left Cuba appears to be 'falling apart' with its soundproofing panels falling off, analyst says

    06/18/2024 4:57:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 64 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo ^ | June 18th, 2024 | Thibault Spirlet
    One of Russia's newest and most advanced submarines, which just left Cuba, appears to be "falling apart" and to have damage to its hull, an open-source-intelligence analyst said.Marijn Markus, a managing consultant at Capgemini, shared four photos of the nuclear-powered Kazan in a LinkedIn post on Monday.Markus said it appeared the sub's soundproofing panels were "falling off" the front part of the submarine's hull. He said that would make the vessel "very" loud underwater and compromise its stealth capabilities.He also pointed to what he described as a "gaping" hole at the sub's midsection."While docked, Russian divers were seen around the...
  • Putin Extends Defence Ministry Purge, Hands Job to a Relative

    06/17/2024 11:16:42 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 15 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 6/17/2024 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked four deputy defence ministers on Monday and appointed a relative to fill one of the resulting vacancies. The reshuffle marked the latest stage in a radical shakeout which Putin launched in May when he unexpectedly removed his longstanding defence minister Sergei Shoigu. -snip- In the latest changes, Putin sacked deputy defence ministers Nikolai Pankov, Ruslan Tsalikov, Tatiana Shevtsova and Pavel Popov, according to Kremlin decrees. He appointed Anna Tsivileva, the daughter of his late cousin, as a deputy defence minister whose responsibilities will include improving social and housing support for military personnel. Her husband Sergei...
  • Russian soldier says army suffering heavy losses in Kharkiv offensive

    06/16/2024 10:32:58 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 42 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 6/16/2024 | Pjotr Sauer
    Anton Andreev says only 12 out of 100 soldiers remained alive after unit came under Ukrainian fire and drones in Vovchansk. Anton Andreev, a Russian soldier from the fifth company of the 1009th regiment, painted a bleak picture of Russia’s offensive in the Ukrainian northern region of Kharkiv. His unit had been decimated, he said, with only 12 out of 100 soldiers still alive as they came under constant Ukrainian fire and drones in Vovchansk, a prime target of Russia’s advances. “They just chop us up. We are sent under machine guns, under drones in daylight, like meat. And commanders...
  • Putin's propagandist calls on Russia to blow up Kyiv dam and flood Ukrainian capital

    06/16/2024 2:30:15 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 49 replies
    Express UK ^ | 6/16/2024 | Oli Smith
    Vladimir Putin's leading propagandist on Russian state TV has suggested that Moscow should simply blow up the Kyiv dam and flood the Ukrainian capital to deal a killer blow in the war. The shocking tirade comes amid growing frustration in Russia at the slow progress of the country's offensive along the frontline in Ukraine. There is also anger after 90 countries around the world attended a Ukrainian peace summit in Switzerland which did not invite Russia.
  • 70+ Russian troops surrender to an elite brigade as the Kharkiv front holds, Ukraine says

    06/16/2024 5:57:51 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/16/2024 | Cameron Manley
    The video appeared to confirm recent reports that dozens of Russian soldiers had been surrendering around Vovchansk, where heavy fighting has raged since Moscow launched a cross-border offensive towards Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, last month. The POWs were later filmed and interviewed, sitting in what appeared to be a school classroom. Several of the captured soldiers said they had been forced into the Russian army due to financial or legal trouble. Some said they had received as little as one week of training before being sent to the front. Food and water were limited, and often, they had to buy...
  • LIVE STREAMING: BREAKING: Russians SURRENDER In Vovchansk; Putin’s Kharkiv Offensive TOTAL Failure | Welcome Back To Day 843 Of The News!

    06/15/2024 8:33:00 PM PDT · by · 151 replies 9K watching LIVE ^ | 10:00 p.m. | The Enforcer
    Historic news as 400 Russian soldiers have surrendered in central Vovchansk, the largest mass surrender of the entire war on the Russian side. These Russian forces were encircled at the chemical plant and for only 2 days held out until the surrender from today. Russian forces in the city are now seriously crippled with the loss of half a BTG. Meanwhile Ukrainian drone attacks continue to drive home damage into the Russian federation, as Russia takes high losses with very little gains.
  • Russians Line Up To Buy US Dollars As Ruble Plummets After New Sanctions

    06/13/2024 8:12:55 PM PDT · by Round Earther · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/13/24 | Isabel van Brugen
    Russians lined up to purchase U.S. dollars after the Moscow Exchange enforced an immediate suspension of trading in dollars and euros in response to fresh U.S. sanctions, a video circulating on social media appears to show. Russia's central bank said Wednesday that exchange trading and settlements of deliverable instruments in U.S. dollars and euros were suspended effective June 13 "due to the introduction of restrictive measures by the United States against the Moscow Exchange Group." It added that over-the-counter trading data would be used to set official exchange rates for the currencies.
  • Dollar and euro trade halted on Russia's biggest exchange due to new U.S. sanctions

    06/12/2024 1:18:39 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/12/2024 | Reuters
    New U.S. sanctions against Russia will shut down trading in dollars and euros on its leading financial marketplace, the Moscow Exchange, the bourse and the central bank said on Wednesday. "Due to the introduction of restrictive measures by the United States against the Moscow Exchange Group, exchange trading and settlements of deliverable instruments in U.S. dollars and euros are suspended," the central bank said. -snip- The bank rushed out a statement, despite a public holiday in Russia, to reassure people that their dollar and euro bank deposits were secure. "Companies and individuals can continue to buy and sell U.S. dollars...
  • Russia-Iran Ties Hit Unexpected Snag

    06/11/2024 8:44:47 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/11/2024 | Brendan Cole
    Russia has rolled back on comments suggesting that a major agreement with Iran had been suspended due to problems it faced with Tehran. Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, Tehran has supplied Moscow's war machine with equipment such as the Shahed drone, which has been used to attack Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. In September of that year, work on a new treaty between Moscow and Tehran was announced during a meeting between Putin and the late President of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raisi. Russia's Foreign Ministry had said in January that the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Treaty...
  • Russian ship Admiral Levchenko on fire in Barents Sea, Ukrainian official claims

    06/11/2024 11:04:51 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 29 replies
    Kyiv Independent ^ | June 10, 2024 | by Chris York and The Kyiv Independent news desk
    Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Levchenko is burning in the Barents Sea after an engine malfunctioned and caught fire, Dmytro Pletenchuk, press chief for the Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine's Armed Forces, said on June 10.
  • (Video) Sergey Karaganov says God wants a nuclear escalation

    06/11/2024 8:30:22 AM PDT · by MeganC · 37 replies
    About Sergey Karaganov (from Wiki): Karaganov Doctrine Karaganov is known as the progenitor of the Karaganov Doctrine, which states that Moscow should pose as the defender of human rights of ethnic Russians living in the 'near abroad' for the purpose of gaining political influence in these regions. This idea was first brought into domestic Russian Federation politics by Boris Yeltsin in 1992, although it was only a fringe ideology in Yeltsin's Russia. It has become a mainstream ideology in Putin's Russia after 2012. After Karaganov published an article advocating this stance in 1992, Russia's foreign policy position linked Russian troop...
  • "The 'Putin system' is beginning to collapse"

    06/10/2024 6:03:54 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 89 replies ^ | June 10, 2024 | Staff
    According to the mathematician [Immanuel Niven], the "Putin system" is beginning to collapse, exactly what he predicted mathematically already in March: "The announced drastic tax increases in Russia (the highest tax increases in the history of modern Russia) as well as Putin's recently published slogans (according to which "everyone must work as if they were at the front") are dramatic signs that the toxicity of the Russian war economy is reaching a critical level." In a post on X some days ago, he explained what this 'toxicity' means: "If the cost of replacing material losses (in such a way that...
  • Dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drones blow up Putin’s hodgepodge ‘Franken-tanks’ as vids show brutal infernos

    06/10/2024 9:34:54 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 34 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 6/10/2024 | Juliana Lima
    Watch the incredible clips of Kyiv's powerful drones annihilating Mad Vlad's tankers as debris and flames take over the battlefield. THIS is the dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drones blow up Russian tanks in the latest blow to Putin's failing forces. Spectacular footage shows Kyiv's fierce determination as the drones reduce the hodgepodge "Franken-tanks" to fiery wreckage. The drones are seen in the daylight mission smoothly descending until they hit Mad Vlad's tinderboxes with pinpoint accuracy. The clunky military vehicles are then seen engulfed by bright orange flames in a brutal inferno. As smoke was blown away, what once was a...
  • Crimea Attack: Kyiv Claims 3 Russian Air Defenses Hit amid ATACMS Barrage

    06/10/2024 7:38:53 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 33 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/10/2024 | Ellie Cook
    Ukraine attacked several advanced Russian air-defense systems across Crimea overnight, Kyiv's military said on Monday, in the latest round of long-range strikes to menace vital Russian assets on the annexed peninsula Ukraine has vowed to reclaim from Moscow. -snip- Rybar, one of the influential Russian military blogger accounts often used as sources in lieu of official statements from Moscow, said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had attacked Crimea overnight with "at least 12" U.S.-supplied Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles, fired from Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv region. Another prominent military blogger said Kyiv had attacked Crimea with an unspecified number of...
  • Ukraine Opens New Front Against Russia's Beleaguered Black Sea Fleet

    06/10/2024 4:33:31 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 51 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/10/2024 | Brendan Cole
    Ukrainian drones are threatening Russian vessels in the Sea of Azov, it has been reported, signaling an intention by Kyiv to target Moscow's infrastructure beyond the Black Sea. -snip- British outlet Sky News reported Ukrainian forces had carried out a "coordinated strike" against a Ropucha-class landing ship overnight Saturday, which had moved to the Sea of Azov, connected to the Black Sea by the Strait of Kerch. Ukrainian Telegram channel Crimean Wind and Ukrainian Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andryushchenko gave more details, saying a ship was hit near the port of Yeysk, located in Krasnodar. But there are conflicting reports...
  • Ukrainian warplane fires weapon at target inside Russia for first time

    06/09/2024 8:29:24 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 79 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6/9/2024 | Artem Lysak
    A Ukrainian warplane has for the first time fired a weapon that struck a target inside Russia, a Ukrainian military source has told Sky News. The source said a "Russian command node" was hit on Sunday in the area of Belgorod, western Russia. Belgorod is close to the border with northeastern Ukraine. -snip- Speaking on condition of anonymity, the military source told Sky News: "A Ukrainian Air Force (UAF) mission has struck a Russian command node in Belgorod. "Whilst damage assessment is still occurring, it is confirmed as a direct hit. This is the first UAF air-delivered munition delivered against...
  • Ukraine Hits Top Su-57 Fighter Jet Inside Russia

    06/09/2024 4:46:08 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 33 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/9/2024 | Ellie Cook
    Ukrainian forces have damaged an advanced Russian Su-57 jet hundreds of miles away from the front lines inside Moscow's internationally recognized territory, Kyiv's military spy agency said on Sunday, adding this is the "first such case in history." An Su-57 jet was struck on Saturday at the Akhtubinsk airfield, in the southern Russian republic of Astrakhan, Kyiv's GUR military intelligence agency said in a statement. The site is around 365 miles from the current front lines in eastern Ukraine, according to the GUR. One of Russia's influential military bloggers—often considered sources for information on losses in lieu of official commentary...