Category: Russia -Ukraine

More than 20,000 troops died in Bakhmut: Wagner boss

Wagner Bakhmut

Putin’s claim he won this battle seems denied by his mercenary contractor

The head of the Russian private army Wagner says his force has lost more than 20,000 fighters in the drawn-out battle for Bakhmut, the eastern Ukrainian city.

Source: More than 20,000 troops died in Bakhmut: Wagner boss

Prigozhin Laments: ‘F*ck Knows How, But We’ve Militarized Ukraine!’ | Crooks and Liars

Prigozhin Laments: 'F*ck Knows How, But We’ve Militarized Ukraine!'

Fuck knows how but…

Yevgeny Prigozhin said Moscow’s plan to “demilitarize” Ukraine failed and that the invasion of its neighbour “turned Ukraine’s army into one of the most powerful in the world.”

Source: Prigozhin Laments: ‘F*ck Knows How, But We’ve Militarized Ukraine!’ | Crooks and Liars

Wagner mercenary chief blasts Putin and pulls out of Bakhmut

In a move that has caught observers and the Kremlin by surprise, the leader of Russia’s Wagner Group mercenary force is withdrawing from Bakhmut, saying he has been starved of ammunition.

Source: Wagner mercenary chief blasts Putin and pulls out of Bakhmut

As Russia and Ukraine prepare for violent spring offensives, this next year could be the war’s most decisive stage yet – ABC News

Two soldiers keep watch next to an automatic grenade launcher.

The snow is melting, and both Russia and Ukraine are preparing for what is likely to be the most violent — and decisive — stage of this war.

Source: As Russia and Ukraine prepare for violent spring offensives, this next year could be the war’s most decisive stage yet – ABC News

China releases 12-point plan for peace in Ukraine – Pearls and Irritations

Russia and Ukraine War and peace summit symbol as cracks in cement for the Ukrainian and Russian nations.

China isn’t Murdoch Media

China called for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine so that negotiations can begin for peace and rebuilding. It called for respect for sovereign borders – which seemed like advice to Russia to withdraw.

Source: China releases 12-point plan for peace in Ukraine – Pearls and Irritations

We’ve Reached Peak Zelensky. Now What? | The Smirking Chimp

Consider some inconvenient facts that the fawning media, which is essentially the public relations arm of the weapons industry, doesn’t want you to know.

Ukraine will prove a turning point in the dismantling of U.S. hegemony over global affairs that it has enjoyed—and, let’s be honest, often abused–since 1945. The U.S. public is not psychically prepared for such a come down. But that is the cost of living in the fantasy world that the media lavishes up to keep that self-same public ignorant, fearful, confused, entertained, and distracted.

Source: We’ve Reached Peak Zelensky. Now What? | The Smirking Chimp

If the US Aim in Helping Ukraine is a Rules-Based International Order it must Condemn Israeli Annexation of Syria’s Golan and Occupation of Palestine

Israel America’s ally turned it’s back on aiding Ukraine

Virtually no country in Africa, Asia or the Middle East has rallied to Biden’s cause of defending Ukraine. The lack of enthusiasm has many roots, but one of them is a strong sense that the U.S. is not principled on this issue and is merely pursuing a narrow national interest. They do not see Washington as actually upholding a rules-based international order. And they are correct in this assessment.

Source: If the US Aim in Helping Ukraine is a Rules-Based International Order it must Condemn Israeli Annexation of Syria’s Golan and Occupation of Palestine

Researchers Find Massive Anti-Russian ‘Bot Army’

An Australian university has unearthed millions of Tweets by fake accounts pushing disinformation on the Ukraine war, Peter Cronau reports. The sample size dwarfs other studies of covert propaganda about the war on social media.

Source: Researchers Find Massive Anti-Russian ‘Bot Army’

Inside the grim chambers where hundreds of Ukrainians were held captive by Russian soldiers – ABC News

Graves in a forest.

When asked if Ukraine will win the war, Garagatyi looks incredulous.

“We’ve already won,” he says. “What are you talking about? We already have won! We have already defeated them.

“They don’t have any idea … they don’t understand why they have come here. They have no idea what they are doing here.

“They’re cowards. How are those cowards capable of defeating people like us?”

In the wake of Russia’s retreat from eastern Ukraine, survivors are sharing their stories and the horrors of life under occupation are being revealed.

Source: Inside the grim chambers where hundreds of Ukrainians were held captive by Russian soldiers – ABC News

SCOTT RITTER: Russia’s ‘Dirty Bomb’ Scare

All this is based on the premise that Putin has “Superior Military Intelligence”. For the past year, he’s proved he hasn’t. So why would Ritter go out of his way to prove as a commentator he hasn’t any superior information either and that he seems to merely be a Russian propagandist?

If a bomb does go off we can be assured it’s not Ukrainian’s. As nothing Russia has done to date and nothing Putin has ever said seems to stack up. His agents “don’t assassinate his enemies”. He didn’t “interfere in the last US election”. He hasn’t a “dirty bomb”.

Russia appears to be legitimately concerned about the possibility of Ukraine building and using a “dirty bomb,” so much so that it has taken the unprecedented step of reaching out to multiple senior Western defense authorities.

If, at the end of the day, the appropriate phone calls are made by the West, and Ukraine backs down, then Russia will have succeeded. And if it turns out that the Russian information is wrong, there was no harm from the effort. However, if Russia is correct, and Ukraine not only is preparing to use a “dirty bomb”, but detonates one, and the West did nothing to prevent it, then Russia is on the record for having provided the West with due warning.

Source: SCOTT RITTER: Russia’s ‘Dirty Bomb’ Scare

Ukraine Alleges Russian Dirty Bomb Deception At Nuke Plant | HuffPost Latest News

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is seen from around twenty kilometers away in an area in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator said Tuesday that Russian forces were performing secret work at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, activity that could shed light on Russia’s claims that the Ukrainian military is preparing a “provocation” involving a radioactive device.

Source: Ukraine Alleges Russian Dirty Bomb Deception At Nuke Plant | HuffPost Latest News

Vladimir Putin declares martial law in annexed Ukraine

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said the martial law crackdown was an attempt “to suppress the resistance of the residents” who oppose the Russian occupation. “Putin’s decree is null and void. It has no legal consequences for Ukraine and its citizens, as well as for the international community,” said a statement released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: Vladimir Putin declares martial law in annexed Ukraine

Ukraine and Russia’s second front is a propaganda war. But who is winning? – ABC News

 

Source: Ukraine and Russia’s second front is a propaganda war. But who is winning? – ABC News

The world has a choice: act decisively now or face a larger conflict with Russia | Vladyslav Vlasiuk | The Guardian

Volunteers for the Ukrainian army receiving training in Kyiv last week.

Even the UN general assembly – much criticised in recent years for a lack of global influence – voted overwhelmingly last week to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four provinces in Ukraine, and declare that Moscow’s territorial claims “have no validity under international law”. Only Russia and four other countries – Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus – voted against the resolution, while 143 countries voted yes.

The FATF should realise that Russian leadership only understands power. The more aggressive and comprehensive the response, the quicker this war will end.

And to be clear, it is Russia that needs to end this war. Over the past few weeks, Ukraine has noted certain interests making increasing calls for peace. Ukraine seeks peace. Ukraine longs for peace. But Ukraine will never succumb to peace by coercion.

If you need evidence of this, look no further than the children’s playground in Kyiv destroyed by Russian missiles last week. It is named after Ukraine’s national poet, Taras Shevchenko, a former serf who fought against Tsarist Russian subjugation in the 19th century. His works of resistance are now being sung in queues and scrawled on public buildings across Ukraine, including this line from “The Testament”: “Oh bury me, then rise ye up; And break your heavy chains; And water with the tyrants’ blood; The freedom you have gained.”

Ukraine needs more support. This can and must be agreed this week, says Ukrainian presidential adviser Vladyslav Vlasiuk

Source: The world has a choice: act decisively now or face a larger conflict with Russia | Vladyslav Vlasiuk | The Guardian

Russia has hit one-third of Ukraine’s power, water plants: Zelensky

Ukraine says Russia has destroyed almost one-third of its power stations over the past week — leaving more than 1000 towns blacked out — in a wave of strikes targeting infrastructure.

Source: Russia has hit one-third of Ukraine’s power, water plants: Zelensky

Vladimir Putin is increasingly isolated in Russia and abroad. Does he have an exit strategy?

Western mainstream media tells us Putin is losing

Putin looks increasingly isolated, not just on the world stage, but inside Russia as well. The longer the war goes on, the harder it will be for him to extricate himself with any credibility, either at home or abroad. So where does he go from here?

Source: Vladimir Putin is increasingly isolated in Russia and abroad. Does he have an exit strategy?

Kremlin talks up negotiations on Ukraine

Very strange comment coming from Russia that’s firing missiles and Kamikaze drones at Ukraine. Even stranger when their weapons are no longer their own but are being supplied by other nations. Ukraine is legitimately defending itself with all the help it can get. It never pretended to have a superior arms industry Meanwhile, Russia is defending itself from Russians against Putin as well.

“It takes two sides to have a dialogue. As the West is now taking a very, very hostile stance towards us, it’s unlikely that there will be any such prospect in the near future,” Peskov told Kazakhstan’s Khabar 24 TV channel, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Source: Kremlin talks up negotiations on Ukraine

Ukraine gets more air defense pledges as Russia hits cities – Press Enterprise

A man drives his motorcycle past a destroyed car in the retaken village of Velyka Oleksandrivka, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s allies vowed Thursday to supply the besieged nation with advanced air defense systems as Russian forces attacked the Kyiv region with kamikaze drones and fired missiles elsewhere at civilian targets, payback for the bombing of a strategic bridge linking Russia with annexed Crimea.

Source: Ukraine gets more air defense pledges as Russia hits cities – Press Enterprise

US rejection of Moscow’s offer for peace talks Is utterly Inexcusable – Pearls and Irritations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

“We see this as posturing,” Price said at a Tuesday press briefing. “We do not see this as a constructive, legitimate offer to engage in the dialogue and diplomacy that is absolutely necessary to see an end to this brutal war of aggression against the people and the state, the Government of Ukraine.”

This is inexcusable. At a time when our world is at its most perilous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis according to many experts as well as the president of the United States, the US government has no business making the decision not to sit down with Russian officials and work toward de-escalation and peace. They have no business making that call on behalf of every terrestrial organism on this planet whose life is being risked in these games of nuclear brinkmanship. The fact that this war has escalated with missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital makes peace talks more necessary, not less.

This rejection is made all the more outrageous by new information from The Washington Post that the US government does not believe Ukraine can win this war and refuses to encourage it to negotiate with Moscow.

“Privately, U.S. officials say neither Russia nor Ukraine is capable of winning the war outright, but they have ruled out the idea of pushing or even nudging Ukraine to the negotiating table,” WaPo reports. “They say they do not know what the end of the war looks like, or how it might end or when, insisting that is up to Kyiv.”

These two points taken together lend even more credibility an argument I’ve been making from the very beginning of this war: that the US does not want peace in Ukraine, but rather seeks to create a costly military quagmire for Moscow just as US officials have confessed to trying to do in Afghanistan and in Syria. Which would explain why US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said the US goal in Ukraine is actually to “weaken” Russia, and also why the empire appears to have actively torpedoed a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia in the early days of the conflict.

This proxy war has no exit strategy. And that is entirely by design.

Source: US rejection of Moscow’s offer for peace talks Is utterly Inexcusable – Pearls and Irritations

Vlaidimir Putin’s No.1 foreign enemy, Bill Browder, on what makes the Russian president tick

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He is not like some raving lunatic who is behaving irrationally. He is rational. Everything he does is for his own set of really twisted goals. His goal is to stay alive, and in order to stay alive he’s got to stay in power, and in order to stay in power he has to ensure the Russian people don’t rise against him.” Thus Putin’s end game is war, according to Browder who has firsthand knowledge of being in his own battle with Putin.

Source: Vlaidimir Putin’s No.1 foreign enemy, Bill Browder, on what makes the Russian president tick

Ukraine war: a desperate Russia defaults to attacking civilians

If you wanted an indication of how badly Russia’s war is going and how much pressure Vladimir Putin is under, then the missile attacks on Kyiv and Ukraine’s major cities over the last day or two are as good as any. These attacks have no military value; they won’t stall Ukraine’s successful counteroffensives in the south and east. They merely aim to terrify the Ukrainian people. History tells us this approach rarely works.

Source: Ukraine war: a desperate Russia defaults to attacking civilians

Putin’s generals face public backlash as invasion crumbles

A missile has demolished an apartment block in a Ukrainian region that Moscow says it has annexed, killing seven people.

In rare, but growing, public criticism of Russia’s top military officials, Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Russian-backed administration in Kherson region, slammed “generals and ministers” in Moscow for failing to understand the problems on the front lines.

There was no immediate comment from Russia’s defence ministry.

Discontent has begun to bubble up among even loyalist state TV hosts.

“Please explain to me what the general staff’s genius idea is now?” Vladimir Solovyov, one of the most prominent Russian talk show hosts, said on his livestream channel.

“Do you think time is on our side? They (the Ukrainians) have hugely increased their amount of weapons … But what have you done in that time?”

Source: Putin’s generals face public backlash as invasion crumbles

Pathos and Panic: Russians Are Mobilized for an Undeclared War – Mother Jones

Russia is not at war, despite what you may have heard. Despite the mobilization of reservists, the stories and images of destruction and death, despite the refugees fleeing. Russia is not at war, as Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Kremlin stressed in a recent interview. Instead, it is conducting a special military operation “to fulfill certain goals in Ukraine.” Reservists have had to be mobilized for this special military operation, half a year since it began, because “we have been de facto confronted…with the NATO block and all its logistics capabilities.”

Source: Pathos and Panic: Russians Are Mobilized for an Undeclared War – Mother Jones

CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine. Why Did They Get It So Wrong?

US President Joe Biden speaks during a visit at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on July 8, 2022.

The failure of U.S. intelligence to see the dysfunction in the Russian army and defense industries means that it also didn’t foresee Russia’s ongoing battlefield defeats, which are now having a profound political and social impact on both Putin and Russia. Putin has ordered a partial mobilization to replace heavy battlefield losses, sparking large-scale protests. At least 200,000 people have already fled Russia, including thousands of young men seeking to avoid conscription.

Source: CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine. Why Did They Get It So Wrong?

Is this the beginning of the end for Vladimir Putin?

Putin

Vladimir Putin’s bizarre ceremonies formalising Russia’s annexation of some 15 per cent of Ukraine once again revealed the yawning chasm between Kremlin triumphalism and reality.

Never mind Russian forces didn’t even fully control the territories Putin brought under the Russian flag.

Never mind Russia’s “referendums” were a blatant fabrication – with voting often held at gunpoint.

Never mind that by now more people have fled Russia than the 300,000 extra troops to be “partially mobilised” in support of Putin’s flagging war effort.

And never mind that Russian forces are retreating in many of their newly acquired lands, with the key city of Lyman liberated by Ukraine less than 24 hours after its annexation was announced.

Putin’s vitriolic rantings to a decidedly subdued audience provided plenty of distasteful soundbites.

He referred to the West as Satanists with “various genders”, calling for holy war against the transexual Western bogeymen.

Eventually it will become patently obvious that the one man who isn’t permitted to be criticised – Vladimir Putin – is in charge of the mess.

Source: Is this the beginning of the end for Vladimir Putin?

Ukraine war: why Russians fleeing conscription should be treated as refugees

So how should the west respond to young Russian men fleeing to avoid military service? Politically and legally, according to international law, they must be given protection.

Source: Ukraine war: why Russians fleeing conscription should be treated as refugees

Ukraine bottles up Russian troops as Putin spruiks annexations

The Democratic Republic of Putin held celebrations in light of his forced decision on the Russian people.

Putin presided over the Kremlin ceremony followed by a Red Square pop concert to celebrate Europe’s biggest territorial annexation since Hitler.

Source: Ukraine bottles up Russian troops as Putin spruiks annexations

Is Putin in a Corner?

When a country starts casting around for 60-year-old veterans to send to the front, you know that something’s wrong. All hands don’t go on deck unless the ship is foundering. It’s not yet clear whether the Russian ship of state is taking on water. But its military effort in Ukraine is obviously at the SOS stage.

Source: Is Putin in a Corner?

Russians flee the Draft as the Reality of War hits Home

Ordinary Russians are receiving a wake-up call to the actual situation on the ground in Ukraine. Decision-makers at the upper echelons of Russian society may soon receive theirs as well.

Source: Russians flee the Draft as the Reality of War hits Home

Brainwashed for War With Russia – scheerpost.com

Another war has been sold to the public thanks to the Establishment media and government talking heads.

Six Years (and Counting) of Brainwashing

Thanks to US media, a very small percentage of Americans know that:

  • 14 years ago, then US Ambassador to Russia (current CIA Director) William Burns was warned by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia might have to intervene in Ukraine, if it were made a member of NATO. The Subject Line of Burns’s Feb. 1, 2008 Embassy Moscow cable (#182) to Washington makes it clear that Amb. Burns did not mince Lavrov’s words; the subject line stated: “Nyet means nyet: Russia’s NATO enlargement redlines.”Thus, Washington policymakers were given forewarning, in very specific terms, of Russia’s redline regarding membership for Ukraine in NATO. Nevertheless, on April 3, 2008, a NATO summit in Bucharest asserted: “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.”
  • 8 years ago, on Feb. 22, 2014, the US orchestrated a coup in Kiev – rightly labeled “the most blatant coup in history’, insofar as it had already been blown on YouTube 18 days prior. Kiev’s spanking new leaders, handpicked and identified by name by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in the YouTube-publicized conversation with the U.S. ambassador in Kiev, immediately called for Ukraine to join NATO.
  • 6 years ago, in June 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Western reporters of his concern that so-called antiballistic missiles sites in Romania and Poland could be converted overnight to accommodate offensive strike missiles posing a threat to Russia’s own nuclear forces. (See this unique video, with English subtitles, from minute 37 to 49.) There is a direct analogy with the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when Moscow put offensive strike missiles in Cuba and President John Kennedy reacted strongly to the existential threat that posed to the US.
  • On December 21, 2021, President Putin told his most senior military leaders:“It is extremely alarming that elements of the US global defense system are being deployed near Russia. The Mk 41 launchers, which are located in Romania and are to be deployed in Poland, are adapted for launching the Tomahawk strike missiles. If this infrastructure continues to move forward, and if US and NATO missile systems are deployed in Ukraine, their flight time to Moscow will be only 7–10 minutes, or even five minutes for hypersonic systems. This is a huge challenge for us, for our security.” [Emphasis added.]
  • On December 30, 2021, Biden and Putin talked by phone at Putin’s urgent request. The Kremlin readout stated:
  • On February 12, 2022, Ushakov briefed the media on the telephone conversation between Putin and Biden earlier that day.
  • On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine.

Unprovoked?

Source: Brainwashed for War With Russia – scheerpost.com

Caitlin Johnstone: It’s not okay for grown adults to say the Ukraine invasion was “unprovoked” – Pearls and Irritations

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On a recent interview with the Useful Idiots podcast, Noam Chomsky repeated his argument that the only reason we hear the word “unprovoked” every time anyone mentions Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the mainstream news media is because it absolutely was provoked, and they know it.

Source: Caitlin Johnstone: It’s not okay for grown adults to say the Ukraine invasion was “unprovoked” – Pearls and Irritations

Russians Return to Streets to Protest Widening of Putin’s War on Ukraine

Police officers detain a man in Moscow on September 21, 2022, following calls to protest against partial mobilisation announced by President Vladimir Putin. - President Vladimir Putin called up Russian military reservists on September 21, saying his promise to use all military means in Ukraine was "no bluff," and hinting that Moscow was prepared to use nuclear weapons. His mobilisation call comes as Moscow-held regions of Ukraine prepare to hold annexation referendums this week, dramatically upping the stakes in the seven-month conflict by allowing Moscow to accuse Ukraine of attacking Russian territory. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)

After Putin announced mandatory military service, demonstrators called the mobilization a “burialization” — and more than 1,000 were arrested in cities across Russia.

Source: Russians Return to Streets to Protest Widening of Putin’s War on Ukraine

Entitled Son Of Putin’s Press Secretary Pranked By Fake Mobilization Call | Crooks and Liars

Entitled Son Of Putin's Press Secretary Pranked By Fake Mobilization Call

Putin’s supporters running from the front to the back of the line and beyond

The son of a top Kremlin official revealed in a prank call that he had no intention of being called up for Vladimir Putin’s war mobilisation.

Nikolay Peskov, 32, son of the president’s spin-doctor and war spokesman Dmitry Peskov, believed he was talking to a military call-up officer.

He fell for the phone sting and made clear he would pull strings in the Kremlin so he did not have to obey the mobilisation order.

The call evidently showed that the entitled sons of the Russian political elite do not expect to be sent to the front, unlike hundreds of thousands of other Russians from ordinary backgrounds who will get no exemptions.

Source: Entitled Son Of Putin’s Press Secretary Pranked By Fake Mobilization Call | Crooks and Liars

How the War Changed Overnight – Consortium News

Just like that Putin has rewritten the history of the war. How easy it is to become the victim of Ukraine aggression.

On Wednesday in Moscow President Vladimir Putin announced that referenda to decide whether to join Russia would be held in those four places from this Friday until next Wednesday. After that, the Russian Duma must decide whether to accept the results and formally annex those territories into Russia.

All that is expected to happen, and once it does the game on the battlefield will change dramatically. From Russia’s point of view, it will no longer be assisting the militia of independent republics with Russian regular units against attacks by Ukraine. It will now be defending Russian territory, against attacks by Ukraine.

Source: How the War Changed Overnight – Consortium News

New Analysis Predicts the Beginning of the End for Vladimir Putin

“Putin’s options for the future are bleak, particularly as he increasingly feels the heat of domestic opposition,” the first intelligence official said. Per Arkin, the official also noted “the impact of 60,000-plus Russian casualties and as well as the bite of sanctions and the controls on travel as challenges to Putin.”

Source: The Smirking Chimp | News And Commentary from the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

All the Victims of the Ukraine War

War fuels rape, sexual torture, and sexual exploitation of women and girls by male soldiers and civilians. Every documented war holds accounts of this acute sexual injustice, including the current Russia-Ukraine war. “For predators and human traffickers, the war in Ukraine is an opportunity – and women and children are their targets,” states UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Source: All the Victims of the Ukraine War

Cannon meat. – by John Birmingham – Alien Sideboob

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Taras Berezovets is a Ukrainian analyst and reporter, now serving with one of his country’s special forces outfits, who keeps his hand in at his old gig with a lively feed on the socials. On the ninth of September, in the early days of the current offensive, he published a letter from an enemy soldier, V.V. Tarasenko, to his wife Valeria. Tarasenko is dead.

Source: Cannon meat. – by John Birmingham – Alien Sideboob

Russia-Ukraine war: mass grave found in recaptured city of Izium

Oleg Kotenko, the Commissioner for Issues of Missing Persons under Special Circumstances looks at the unidentified graves of civilians and Ukrainian soldiers in the recently retaken area of Izium, Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities have found a mass grave of more than 440 bodies in the eastern city of Izium that was recaptured from Russian forces, a regional police official said on Thursday, adding some of the people had been killed by shelling and air strikes.

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: mass grave found in recaptured city of Izium

Ukrainian officials warn Russian forces are digging in after retreat

On Wednesday, the first teams of war crimes prosecutors, both Ukrainian and international, gained early access to begin investigating the vast swathes of recently liberated territory.

They said initial indications were that widespread atrocities appear to have taken place.

Nigel Povoas, a British lawyer who went to the newly recaptured territory as part of an international team helping Ukraine with war crimes investigations, said the long Russian occupation of such a large area meant atrocities there were likely to have reached “an unprecedented level of horror”.

Source: Ukrainian officials warn Russian forces are digging in after retreat

With his army on the back foot, is escalation over Ukraine Vladimir Putin’s only real option?

It seems Putins army is refusing to give Putin what he wants

But perhaps there’s one hint. Throughout his tenure, Putin has consistently invited NATO and its allies to blink. At this crucial time, the West owes it to Ukraine, and for the sake of its own credibility, to ensure it does not give the Russian president what he wants.

Source: With his army on the back foot, is escalation over Ukraine Vladimir Putin’s only real option?

Ukraine forces advance in north as Russians retreat

Ukrainian forces kept pushing north in the Kharkiv region and advancing to the south and east of the country after the swift fall of Russia’s main bastion in the north-east, Ukraine’s army chief says.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Russia’s retreat from the city of Izium in the Kharkiv province as a breakthrough in the six-month-old war, saying this winter could bring more rapid gains of territory if Kyiv can get more powerful weapons.

Source: Ukraine forces advance in north as Russians retreat

Ukraine-Russia war: Russian nationalists rage after stunning setback on battlefield

Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov has been dismayed by the Russia’s performance on battlefield in Ukraine.

Pissed at Putin

Russian nationalists called angrily on Sunday for President Vladimir Putin to make immediate changes to ensure ultimate victory in the Ukraine war, a day after Moscow was forced to abandon its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine.

Source: Ukraine-Russia war: Russian nationalists rage after stunning setback on battlefield

Ukrainians Describe Deportations and Filtration by Russia

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - MARCH 24: Civilians are being evacuated along humanitarian corridors from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol under the control of Russian military and pro-Russian separatists, on March 24, 2022. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

May, Russian forces occupying the village told residents that a corridor had been opened to Ukrainian-controlled territory. Nataliya and others boarded a bus that they were told was headed to Kharkiv. But when the bus stopped, she realized they were in Shebekino, a city just across the border.

“I suddenly realized that we were in Russia,” Nataliya told human rights investigators. “We didn’t even go through a border crossing.”

Source: Ukrainians Describe Deportations and Filtration by Russia

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky urges Russian army to ‘go home’

Russia says it has 2 mill troops. How many can they move feed and cloth with the onset of winter? How many can the convince their war is righteous? They lost and were demoralised by the Afghans and Zelensky learnt that it isn’t numbers that count but resolve.

In a late-night address on Monday, Mr Zelensky called on Russian forces to go home or be chased home.

‘If they want to survive – it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,’’ he said.

‘Ukraine is taking back its own (land),’’ Mr Zelensky said, adding that he would not disclose Kyiv’s precise battle plans, but that his armed forces were doing thei

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky urges Russian army to ‘go home’

Putin’s failures exposed by the men forced to fight his war

Putin’s failures exposed by the men forced to fight his war

paratrooper, 34-year-old Pavel Filatyev – a professional soldier from a military family – published a 141-page account of his two months in Russia’s 56th Guards Air Assault Regiment at the outset of the invasion of Ukraine.

His commander is seldom seen. The regiment’s trucks have no working brakes. The overcrowding of the field hospital is solved with an order that no more casualties will be accepted.

Filatyev describes his regiment as being in a state of anarchy. Eventually, men start shooting themselves to be allowed to leave the front.

Putin’s failures exposed by the men forced to fight his war

Ukraine Wipes Out Mercenary HQ After Russian Posts Photo | Crooks and Liars

Russian Intelligence

Sergei Sreda, a Russian propagandist, posted photos online of his visit to a Wagner Group base in Donbas. One small problem though: he forgot to cover the street signs. A simple geolocating later and HIMARS missiles were sent. The result? Upwards of 100 mercenaries blown to smithereens. Sreda later deleted the post of his “visit” to the Wagner military headquarters.

Ukraine Wipes Out Mercenary HQ After Russian Posts Photo | Crooks and Liars

Russia-Ukraine War Propels Global Political Upheaval

Russia-Ukraine War Propels Global Political Upheaval

“Some countries will cope and get through it, while other countries will have revolutions and coups. It will be very destabilizing, and I don’t think we’re at the worst of it yet.”

Russia-Ukraine War Propels Global Political Upheaval