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Wagner Group promised pardons for convicts who survived six months fighting in Ukraine — then buried them in Russian graveyard
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Wagner Group promised pardons for convicts who survived six months fighting in Ukraine — then buried them in Russian graveyard

There were around 200 graves at the site on the outskirts of Bakinskaya village, in Krasnodar region, when Reuters visited in late January. Late last summer, a plot of land on the edge of a small farming community in southern Russia began to fill with scores of newly dug graves of fighters killed in Ukraine. Key points: The resting places were adorned with simple wooden crosses and brightly coloured wreaths that bore the insignia of Russia's Wagner Group, a feared and secretive private army.There were around 200 graves at the site on the outskirts of Bakinskaya village in Krasnodar [...]Continue reading on www.abc.net.au
Nearly a year since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s envoy has a warning for Australia
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Nearly a year since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s envoy has a warning for Australia

It's nearly a year since Russia launched its full-scale invasion. Now, Ukraine's man in Canberra has a warning for Australia. Ukrainian ambassador urges Australians not to forget his people. He warns Ukraine losing the war would have a "devastating" impact in our region. He says Ukraine needs at least 300 additional armoured vehicles. Sitting in a sunny courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra, Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia understands missiles and sub-zero temperatures seem a world away.“Sometimes [that’s] difficult, especially when you're in the Southern Hemisphere. You're in the middle of summer, people are on the beach and having a [...]Continue reading on www.sbs.com.au
Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 339 of the invasion
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Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 339 of the invasion

Fresh wave of Russian attacks in east and south Ukraine kill at least 10 civilians; troops locked in ‘fierce’ fighting for Donetsk town of Vugledar A woman walks near a residential building after a Russian missile attack in Glevakha town, in Ukraine’s Kyiv region, on Friday. A new barrage of Russian shelling has killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded 20 others in a day , the office of Ukraine’s president has said. Regional officials said towns and villages in the east and in the south that are within reach of the Russian artillery suffered most. Six people [...]Continue reading on www.theguardian.com
Putin Plans New Ukraine Push Despite Losses as He Prepares for Years of War
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Putin Plans New Ukraine Push Despite Losses as He Prepares for Years of War

Russia is preparing a new offensive to regain the initiative even as it prepares for a long standoff in Ukraine Vladimir Putin holds a virtual meeting with Russian security council members on Jan. 20. Source: Kremlin Nearly a year into an invasion that was supposed to take weeks, Vladimir Putin is preparing a new offensive in Ukraine, at the same time steeling his country for a conflict with the US and its allies that he expects to last for years.The Kremlin aims to demonstrate that its forces can regain the initiative after months of losing ground, putting pressure on [...]Continue reading on www.bloomberg.com
Will Tanks Turn the Tide for Ukraine?
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Will Tanks Turn the Tide for Ukraine?

Germany and the United States are sending Leopards and M1 Abrams tanks—but Washington’s desired endgame is still a mystery. The U.S. Abrams tanks, the German Leopard and the AHS Krab, a 155 mm NATO-compatible self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer seen at a training ground in Poland on Sept. 21, 2022. Matt Kroenig: Hi, Emma! Happy Birthday! It’s Debatable is nearly 3 years old. Emma Ashford: So the column is now leaving the Terrible Twos? That will be a relief for our readers! MK: Does that mean we have to stop throwing tantrums? I thought that was why readers came to this [...]Continue reading on foreignpolicy.com
Elon Musk Asks Troubling Questions About the Russia-Ukraine War
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Elon Musk Asks Troubling Questions About the Russia-Ukraine War

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, and the unprovoked invasion was supposed to end rapidly, according to the calculations of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Eleven months later Russia's forces are bogged down in the face of strong resistance from the Ukrainian armed forces, which are supported by NATO and the European Union. The war has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions more.The situation continues to deteriorate, and tension mounts, with the ever-present prospect of escalation. U.S. Agrees to Provide Tanks to Ukraine After a long delay, the U.S. said on Jan. 25 that it intended to provide 31 [...]Continue reading on www.thestreet.com
U.N. refugee chief: Russia violating principles of child protection in Ukraine
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U.N. refugee chief: Russia violating principles of child protection in Ukraine

By Max HunderKYIV (Reuters) – Russia is violating the “fundamental principles of child protection” in wartime by giving Ukrainian children Russian passports and putting them up for adoption, the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) chief told Reuters in an interview.Speaking at the UNHCR offices in Kyiv following a six-day tour of the country, Filippo Grandi said Ukraine’s president had asked his agency to “do more” to help children from occupied regions to whom this was happening.“Giving them (Russian) nationality or having them adopted goes against the fundamental principles of child protection in situations of war,” Grandi said.“This is something that [...]Continue reading on whbl.com
Ukraine war: UN accuses Russia of breaking child protection rules over refugees
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Ukraine war: UN accuses Russia of breaking child protection rules over refugees

Filippo Grandi has been on a six-day visit to Ukraine to assess the situation By Kathryn ArmstrongBBC News The head of the United Nations' refugee agency has accused Moscow of violating "fundamental" child protection principles by giving Russian passports to unaccompanied child refugees. Filippo Grandi added that Russia had then been putting these children up for adoption by Russian families.He said the UNHCR would try to get access to those affected and try to find solutions in their best interest.However, Mr Grandi admitted he did not know how many children were affected."In the situation of war, you cannot determine [...]Continue reading on www.bbc.com
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 338
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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 338

Local residents remove debris from a house of their neighbour damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the town of Hlevakha, outside Kyiv, Ukraine [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters] Here is the situation as it stands on Friday, January 27, 2023: Fighting Ukraine’s military said it shot down 47 of 59 Russian missiles, some of which were fired from Tu-95 strategic bombers in the Russian Arctic. It also said Russia launched 37 air strikes, 17 of them using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones – all of which were downed. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported powerful explosions near Ukraine’s [...]Continue reading on www.aljazeera.com
What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis
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What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis

Germany and the US pledge tanks; the man leading Ukraine’s fight against corruption A man walks by the graves of soldiers at a Kharkiv cemetery on 24 January 2023 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Every week we wrap up the must-reads from our coverage of the Ukraine war, from news and features to analysis, visual guides and opinion. Germany and the US pledge tanks A Leopard 2 main battle tank of the German armed forces shoots during a training exercise at the military ground in Ostenholz, northern Germany, on 17 October 2022. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images As the US and [...]Continue reading on www.theguardian.com
Ukraine updates: 10 people killed in Russian shelling barrage
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Ukraine updates: 10 people killed in Russian shelling barrage

People check a destroyed house after a Russian rocket attack in Hlevakha, Kyiv region, Ukraine [Roman Hrytsyna/AP Photo] Zelenskyy will attempt to prevent Russia from competing in Olympics Ukraine will launch an international campaign to prevent Russian athletes from competing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, President Zelenskyy said. “Today we will a start a marathon for fair play aimed at clearing the management of international Olympic structures of hypocrisy as well as [preventing] any attempts to drag representatives of the terrorist state into world sport,” Zelenskyy said in a video address. “It is obvious that any neutral flag [...]Continue reading on www.aljazeera.com
Ukraine war: EU official says ‘Russia has changed ‘special operation’ into war with NATO and West’
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Ukraine war: EU official says ‘Russia has changed ‘special operation’ into war with NATO and West’

Members of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School (RCACS) practice their shooting skills from a Leopard II tank at firing point 4 in the training areas at the 5th Canadian Division Support Group (5 CDSG) Gagetown, in Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada, May 4, 2017. Photograph:(Reuters) Disclaimer: A number of claims and counterclaims are being made on the Ukraine-Russia conflict on the ground and online. While WION takes utmost care to accurately report this developing news story, we cannot independently verify the authenticity of all statements, photos and videos. The dynamics of the 11-month-old Russia-Ukraine war appear to be shifting [...]Continue reading on www.wionews.com
Kennan’s Warning on Ukraine
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Kennan’s Warning on Ukraine

George Kennan, the remarkable U.S. diplomat and probing observer of international relations, is famous for forecasting the collapse of the Soviet Union. Less well known is his warning in 1948 that no Russian government would ever accept Ukrainian independence. Foreseeing a deadlocked struggle between Moscow and Kyiv, Kennan made detailed suggestions at the time about how Washington should deal with a conflict that pitted an independent Ukraine against Russia. He returned to this subject half a century later. Kennan, then in his 90s, cautioned that the eastward expansion of NATO would doom democracy in Russia and ignite another Cold [...]Continue reading on www.foreignaffairs.com
Ukraine Is Not Melos, and Russia Is Not Athens
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Ukraine Is Not Melos, and Russia Is Not Athens

Let’s keep Thucydides out of Russia’s war against Ukraine Kyiv under Russian attack in March 2022. Photo: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 “Ukraine is confronted with a stark choice: fight on through a bitter winter with death raining from above, or initiate negotiations with Russia under unfavourable terms. Two-and-a-half millennia ago, the leaders of the Greek island of Melos confronted a similar choice.” The quote is from the opening paragraph of an article in Commonweal Magazine , December 22, 2022 : “Right on Its Side, but Not Might? The lessons an [...]Continue reading on blogs.prio.org
Gulf states changing the face of Ukraine war
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Gulf states changing the face of Ukraine war

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states’ early diplomatic maneuvering occurred in the broader context of the nations’ strategic interests and should not be confused with unequivocal support for Russia. (Shutterstock Photo) Gulf states' diplomatic maneuvering reflects a conscious choice to maintain ties with Russia and the West while positioning themselves as potential mediators in the conflict Hours after reports confirmed American basketball star Brittney Griner’s release from a penal colony in Russia in exchange for the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the public learned that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mediated the deal and Saudi Arabia, at least according to [...]Continue reading on www.dailysabah.com
Ukraine war live updates: Zelenskyy demands more sanctions as Ukraine reels from Russian bombardment; explosions heard near nuclear power plant
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Ukraine war live updates: Zelenskyy demands more sanctions as Ukraine reels from Russian bombardment; explosions heard near nuclear power plant

This is CNBC’s live blog tracking developments on the war in Ukraine. See below for the latest updates. Ukraine is reeling from the most recent wave of Russian drone and missile strikes Thursday that killed at least 11 people and triggered emergency power outages in 10 regions of the country.President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for more sanctions on Russia in his nightly video address, and for a tribunal to address Russian war crimes.The attacks came a day after Ukraine’s Western allies pledged to send the country battle tanks, opening up a new front in the types of weapons they are [...]Continue reading on www.cnbc.com
Ukraine war: Wagner deserters ‘shot’, China sanctions, grain harvest set to nosedive
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Ukraine war: Wagner deserters ‘shot’, China sanctions, grain harvest set to nosedive

A Leopard 2 main battle tank of the German armed forces on October 17, 2022. Russia takes war to 'different stage' - EU official Moscow has ratcheted up its invasion of Ukraine by making indiscriminate attacks on civilians and framing the conflict as a struggle against the West, according to a senior EU official.Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European Union’s European External Action Service, said on Friday Russia has taken the war to “a different stage”, while defending Germany and the US's decision to send tanks to Kyiv.He criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for waging a war on [...]Continue reading on www.euronews.com
Commentary: Sending tanks to Ukraine shows Russia the West is in for the long term
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Commentary: Sending tanks to Ukraine shows Russia the West is in for the long term

FILE - Ukrainian soldiers on captured Russian tanks T-72 hold military training close to the Ukraine-Belarus border near Chernihiv, Ukraine, Oct. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Aleksandr Shulman, File) WASHINGTON DC: After months of pleading by Ukraine and significant Western reluctance, it was announced on Wednesday (Jan 25) that Germany will send Leopard 2 battle tanks and authorise European nations to re-export their German-made tanks to Ukraine while the United States will provide M1 Abrams tanks .German concerns about supplying tanks have been partially due to the historical baggage of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II. [...]Continue reading on www.channelnewsasia.com
Ukraine live briefing: Power outages hit Ukraine after strikes; U.S. to send newer Abrams tanks
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Ukraine live briefing: Power outages hit Ukraine after strikes; U.S. to send newer Abrams tanks

Women stand next to damaged houses after attacks on Jan. 26 in an urban settlement outside Kyiv, Ukraine. (Roman Pilipey/Getty Images) Ten regions of Ukraine are facing emergency power outages Friday, a day after a Russian barrage, the state power grid operator said. Ukrenergo said the latest missile and drone attacks, which have battered energy facilities around the country for months, knocked out electricity around the capital, in Kharkiv in the northeast and in the western city of Lviv near the Polish border.As Western countries pledged to ship battle tanks to Kyiv, Japan expanded its ban on exports to [...]Continue reading on www.washingtonpost.com
Ukraine news – live: Russia launches barrage of missiles as West pledges tanks to Kyiv
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Ukraine news – live: Russia launches barrage of missiles as West pledges tanks to Kyiv

Russia has launched a rush-hour barrage of missiles across Ukraine , killing at least 11 people in nearly a dozen regions across the country.The attack comes soon after Western allies committed 150 tanks to Kyiv, which Kremlin said it saw as evidence of growing “direct involvement” of the United States and Europe in the 11-month-old war something both deny.Air raid sirens wailed nationwide, while booms were heard by The Independent around Kyiv, where the head of the city administration said that 15 cruise missiles were shot down.People rushed into metro stations, underground car parks and basements as the warning [...]Continue reading on www.independent.co.uk