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    Ukraine will push Russia back to its pre-invasion border by the end of the year and retake Crimea next summer, a retired US general has predicted.  Ben Hodges, former commander of US forces in Europe, believes Ukraine is capable of re-taking thousands of square miles of territory in the south and east within the next two months before pushing into Crimea - the crown jewel of Putin's 2014 war. General Hodges, speaking in Westminster on Monday at an event hosted by the Council on Geostrategy, admitted his vision is 'optimistic' but confidently predicted that 'Ukraine will win.' In the meantime, he expects Putin to continue shelling Ukrainian power plants and cities with the aim of driving 'hundreds of thousands of refugees' into Europe with the aim of breaking Western support. Ukraine will push Russia back to the pre-war border line (hash-marked areas of the map) by the end of the year and will re-take Crimea next summer, a retired US general has predicted He said: 'It is too early to plan victory parades, there is still months and months of...
    Associated Press Russian authorities are opening more military enlistment offices near Russia’s borders in an apparent effort to intercept some of the Russian men of fighting age who are trying to flee the country by land to avoid getting called up to fight in Ukraine. A new draft office opened at the Ozinki checkpoint in the Saratov region on Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, regional officials said Thursday. Another enlistment center was set to open at a crossing in the Astrakhan region, also on the border with Kazakhstan. Earlier this week, makeshift Russian draft offices were set up near the Verkhny Lars border crossing into Georgia in southern Russia and near the Torfyanka checkpoint on Russia’s border with Finland. Russian officials said they would hand call-up notices to all eligible men who were trying to leave the country. Over 194,000 Russian citizens have fled to neighboring Georgia, Kazakhstan and Finland — most often by car, bicycle or on foot — since Russian President Vladimir Putin last week announced a partial mobilization of reservists. In Russia, the vast majority of men under...
    RUSSIA has claimed to have "intercepted" a British spy plane as it reportedly crossed Putin's borders close to hypersonic missile bases. The RAF aircraft is said to have been chased off after Moscow scrambled a MiG-31BM fighter to force it away from the Arctic. 2Moscow claims to have chased off the Brit aircraft with a MiG-31BM fighter jet 2A flight tracker shows the alleged route of the RAF plane that travelled from Lincolnshire Moscow said the British RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft had "illegally crossed Russia's state border" in the northern territory. The Russian Defense Ministry claims the Brit plane was "intercepted" over the Barents Sea, near the main base of the Navy’s Northern Fleet. They said it flew into its airspace close to the remote Cape Svyatoy Nos in the Murmansk region before being tackled by a fighter jet. The coastline of the region is home to the headquarters of Russia's Northern Fleet, as well as secret multiple military bases and facilities. READ MORE ON RUSSIANUKE FEARS 'New Chernobyl' fears as Ukraine vows to attack Putin's troops at nuclear plantBEACH...
    A report released on Wednesday by a press freedom group found that Russian forces "executed" a Ukrainian photojournalist and his friend in "cold blood" in the early weeks of the war in Ukraine. An investigation conducted by the nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders found that photographer Maks Levin was shot twice in the head and once in the chest by Russian soldiers in a forest north of Kyiv on March 13. Levin's friend, Oleksiy Chernyshov, a Ukrainian soldier, accompanied Levin on the trip to retrieve a lost photography drone and was burned alive by Russian troops before being shot dead, according to the report. DOJ APPOINTS FORMER 'NAZI HUNTER' TO PROSECUTE WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE “Analysis of the photos of the crime scene, the observations made on the spot, and the material evidence recovered clearly point to an execution that may have been preceded by interrogation or even acts of torture," Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders, said of the group's investigation. "In the context of a war heavily marked by propaganda and Kremlin censorship, Maks Levin...
    A well-known Ukrainian photojournalist was “executed in cold blood” by Russian forces when he tried to retrieve footage he’d shot shortly after the Feb. 24 invasion, an investigation has found. Maks Levin, a photojournalist who freelanced for Reuters, the BBC, Associated Press and several Ukrainian news agencies, vanished in the early days of the war, just a day after his 2-year-old son’s birthday in mid-March. After frantic search efforts by family and friends, his body was found outside Kyiv in early April, along with that of Ukrainian serviceman Oleksiy Chernyshov, a friend with whom Levin had been traveling. Now, Reporters Without Borders has revealed that its investigators found “overwhelming” evidence of a straight-up execution at the scene in Moshchun, outside Kyiv. An investigation by the group published Wednesday said evidence suggested that Levin, who was wearing civilian clothing and a bulletproof vest labeled “PRESS” at the time of his death, was likely either ambushed by Russian forces and executed at point-blank range, or interrogated first by Russian troops who set Chernyshev on fire before executing both men “by shots to...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist and a soldier who was accompanying him when they were killed in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion appear to have been “coldly executed” as they were searching Russian-occupied woodlands for the photographer’s missing image-taking drone, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday, citing its findings from an investigation into their deaths. The press freedom group said it went back to the spot where the bodies of Maks Levin and serviceman Oleksiy Chernyshov were found April 1 in woods north of the capital, Kyiv. The group said it counted 14 bullet holes in the burned hulk of their car still at the scene. The group said disused Russian positions, one of them still bobby-trapped, were found close by. Also found were the remains of food rations, cigarette packets and other litter seemingly left by Russian soldiers. Some of Levin and Chernyshov’s belongings, including the soldier’s ID papers and parts of his bulletproof vest and the photographer’s helmet, were also recovered, it said. A Ukrainian team with metal detectors also uncovered a bullet buried in the...
    Two explosions have hit Moldova's breakaway region that borders Ukraine, days after a Kremlin military chief warned that 'Russian-speakers' had been 'oppressed' there. The explosions destroyed two powerful Soviet-era radio antennas that were re-broadcasting Russian stations in the region of Transnistria, an unrecognised Moscow-backed sliver of land bordering southwestern Ukraine, on Tuesday. The blasts occurred in the small town of Maiac roughly 12 kilometers (7 miles) west of the border with Ukraine, the region's Interior Ministry said. A day earlier, several explosions believed to be caused by rocket-propelled grenades were reported to hit the Ministry of State Security in the city of Tiraspol, the region's capital. No one was hurt in the explosions, officials said. In response to the incidents, Moldova's president Maia Sandu convened an urgent meeting of the country's Supreme Security Council on Tuesday. The Moldovan authorities are sensitive to any sign of growing tensions in Transnistria, especially since Russia invaded their neighbour Ukraine.  And adding to heightened tensions, Kremlin military chief Rustam Minnekayev on Friday said Russia sought control of southern Ukraine, which could provide access to Transnistria, 'where there have been cases...
    Since launching the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Russian government, under President Vladimir Putin, has forcefully cracked down on opposition media within Russia — and criticizing the invasion has become a criminal offense. State-operated Russian media offers a steady diet of disinformation, lies and pro-Putin propaganda, claiming that the war was totally justified. Journalists Simon Ostrovsky and Emily Rhyne, in a report for the New York Times posted on April 15, take a look at the type of disinformation coming from Russian state media — disinformation that, they emphasize, is showing up outside of Russia. The Times, for the video, visited Transnistria, an unrecognized Russian “breakaway state” in Moldava. Internationally, Transnistria is recognized as part of Moldava, which is one of the seven countries that has a border with Ukraine. But in Transnistria, Kremlin lies about Ukraine aren’t hard to find. One of the false claims that is repeatedly heard in Russian media, the Times notes, is that the invasion of Ukraine was necessary in order to rid the country of Nazis. “The false claim about...
    The U.S. government could soon face a significant increase in the number of Russian and Ukrainian citizens arriving at its land, air, and sea borders as millions depart amid the war in Ukraine, according to immigration experts. The fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine last month is expected to prompt people from both countries to flee, and some could travel beyond Europe and on to the United States in hopes of making an asylum claim upon arrival. “I would expect that we will see an uptick of people — of recently arrived Ukrainians, of recently arrived Russians,” said Andrew Arthur, resident fellow for the conservative Center for Immigration Studies and retired federal immigration judge. Two million Ukrainians have fled the country since the Feb. 24 invasion, and another 2 million are expected to flee, the United Nations said Tuesday. DHS FAILED TO WARN STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS ABOUT 'SPECIFIC' THREATS AHEAD OF JAN. 6 RIOT “In just seven days, one million people have fled Ukraine, uprooted by this senseless war,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo...
    Luxury yachts taken from Russian oligarchs as part of the Ukraine invasion sanctions regime should be handed to a ‘migrant taxi’ NGO that ferries migrants from the North African coast to Europe, the Prime Minister of a German state has said. Bodo Ramelow, who serves as the Prime Minister for the German state of Thuringia, has said that he wants seized luxury yachts to be confiscated from Russian oligarchs and handed over to a ‘migrant taxi’ NGO that was previously accused of operating a “slave ship” transporting “illegal immigrants”. Some European countries have impounded the luxury super-ships, and while it has been claimed Germany grabbed a yacht linked to a powerful Russian oligarch worth over half a billion dollars this month, the Ministry for Economy and Innovation has since denied that the seizure actually took place. Nevertheless, state Prime Minister Ramelow wants held vessels handed over to Sea-Watch, a German migrant taxi NGO operating in the Mediterranean, a press release says. “I’m in favor of the oligarchs’ luxury yachts being confiscated and transferred to Sea-Watch,” the leftist politician declared, saying he wanted to...
    Russians are now starting to flee their own country and are packing trains to Finland over fears that President Vladimir Putin will shut the borders and leave them unable to escape the fall-out from Western sanctions.   Helsinki train station was packed with Russian passengers desperately fleeing from St Petersburg on Thursday.     'We decided with our families to go back as soon as possible, because it's unclear what the situation will be in a week,' Muscovite Polina Poliakova told AFP as she wheeled her suitcase along platform 9. Travelling 'is hard now because everything is getting cancelled,' added Beata Iukhtanova, her friend who studies with her in Paris, where the pair were headed. The Allegro express train linking St Petersburg to the Finnish capital is currently the only open rail route between Russia and the EU. Helsinki train station was packed with Russian passengers desperately fleeing from St Petersburg on Thursday It is therefore one of the few remaining ways out of the country since the widespread airspace closures in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine a week ago. 'The trains...
    An estimated 500,000 people have fled Ukraine to the eastern edge of the European Union (E.U.) since Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Monday. “More than 500,000 refugees have now fled from Ukraine into neighbouring countries,” he wrote in a statement shared by Twitter on February 28. Earlier on February 27, Grandi wrote on Twitter, “The number of refugees from Ukraine who have crossed to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and other countries is escalating and is now 368,000.” UNHCR spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo estimated on Monday that of Ukraine’s displaced people, “281,000 [were] in Poland, 84,500 in Hungary, 36,400 in Moldova, 32,500 in Romania and 30,000 in Slovakia.” “The rest were scattered in unidentified other countries,” she added, as quoted by the Associated Press (AP). The news agency said it witnessed Ukraine’s mass exodus flooding the borders of “Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and non-EU member Moldova” on February 28. On Monday, the AP visited a temporary migrant reception center in the Hungarian village of Beregsurany — which borders western Ukraine’s Berehove Raion district — as...
    The European Union has closed its airspace to any aircraft affiliated with Russia after the country invaded Ukraine. European Commission spokeswoman Ursula von der Leyen announced on Sunday that European airspace would be shut down for Russians. Russian state media are also banned from broadcasting in EU territories. "We are shutting down the EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft," von der Leyen said in a statement. "They won't be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU." The spokeswoman specifically noted that this would apply to all private jets owned by Russian oligarchs. US AND ALLIES ATTACK 'FORTRESS RUSSIA' WITH MAJOR ECONOMIC OFFENSIVE First, we are shutting down the EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft.They won’t be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU.Including the private jets of oligarchs. pic.twitter.com/o551M9zekQ— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 27, 2022 Von der Leyen also stated that the EU is developing tools to stop Russian state media, including Russia Today and Sputnik...
    Schoolchildren as young as four were put through their paces at a military training camp near Kyiv today as Ukraine’s defensive efforts intensified efforts to push back a Russian invasion. An intensive volunteer boot camp in snow-covered woods outside the capital saw young and old introduced to the rudiments of military skills. Twin brothers Taras and Bohdan, four, played with wooden assault rifles as men and women in the background prepared for real-life warfare against Russia. The boys’ mother Iryna, 35, said: ‘I don’t think they understand the war and what is happening but they love everything to do with the military. ‘If they want to be soldiers when they grow up and fight to defend their homeland I will not stop them.’ She smiled and added: ‘But for now they want to be a fireman and a policeman.’ Schoolchildren as young as four were put through their paces at a military training camp near Kyiv today Twin brothers Taras and Bohdan, four, played with wooden assault rifles as men and women in the background prepared for real-life warfare against...
    A GRAN has taken up arms to defend Ukraine against Russia as she signed up for her country's home guard to face down Vladimir Putin. Rumia, 59, was joined by hundreds of other every day people who are preparing to protect their homes from a potentially imminent invasion. 9Rumia is preparing to defend her home against RussiaCredit: AP 9The drill instructor helps the gran with her wooden assault rifleCredit: AP 9Every day people are preparing to take up arms against RussiaCredit: Doug Seeburg 9The little lad is preparing to do his part as he joins in the drillsCredit: Doug Seeburg It was the first time that the administrative clerk had joined the training with Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces (TDF). The TDF can be seen as similar to the Home Guard - the rag tag reserve army and civilian militia who protected Britain during World War 2. Rumia is from the Crimean Tartar ethnic group who are native to the Crimean Peninsula - which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. And now she was pictured training with a wooden...
    T-72B3 tanks of the Russian Southern Military District's 150th Rifle Division take part in a military exercise at Kadamovsky Range. The division's units will work out a wide range of tasks including organization of overall support for tactical exercises as part of battalion tactical groups during the exercise.Erik Romanenko | TASS | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The U.K. is considering doubling its troop numbers and sending defensive weapons to Estonia, a fellow NATO member country, as security conditions on Ukraine's border with Russia deteriorate. U.K. officials are expected to visit NATO's headquarters next week to finalize details of the proposed security package proposal, which will include additional troops, fighter jets and warships. The British Embassy in Washington said Johnson is slated to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week and will travel to the region in the coming days. U.K. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is also expected to meet with NATO allies in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia this week. "This package would send a clear message to the Kremlin – we will not tolerate their destabilizing activity, and we will always...
    Democrats and much of the Washington neoconservative establishment is increasingly focused on protecting Ukraine's borders, but is at the same time uninterested in the millions of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border, Buck Sexton said Tuesday on "The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show". There have been more than half a million "encounters" between federal law enforcement officers and illegal immigrants at the Mexican border over the past 3 months, Sexton said, noting that an "encounter" is anything from a sighting of a ‘got-away’ to an arrest. "[There were] 178,840 encounters in December," he said. "Our border is basically open. Let's talk about that for a second, because there's no interest from the Democratic Party to do anything about this, other than keeping it going. They actually think that this is of benefit to them." RUSSO-AMERICAN RELATIONS MAY NOT BE THE SAME POST-BIDEN: GRAHAM Jan. 23, 2022: Fox News footage shows migrants being released into the US at Brownsville, Texas. While Democrats ignore and even encourage illegal immigrants to ignore American laws and enter into the United States,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden discussed options for bolstering US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military officials during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday, according to a senior official.The briefing, which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley attended virtually, included the discussion of troop levels as well as updates on the latest intelligence and ongoing talks with allies on their plans to respond should Russia invade Ukraine, the official said.The New York Times first reported on the options being presented at the briefing and reported that Biden is expected to make a decision as early as this week.One option under consideration is moving between 1,000 to 5,000 troops, according to a senior defense official, and is intended both to shore up Eastern European and Baltic allies and to have them available to help get American citizens out, if necessary. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Is Tucker Carlson literally on Vladimir Putin’s payroll? He has to be, right? As the free world attempts to stand up to this ex-KGB thug who brazenly attacked our country and poisons political adversaries nearly as often as Tucky-son poisons minds, Fox’s resident trust fund bloviator is giving literal aid and comfort to the enemy. You might say this foppish fish stick fuckwit is a modern-day Tokyo Rose—only slightly more transparent. On Tuesday—the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—Carlson figured it was high time to dump acid on the vital foundations of our post-World War II global order. In other words, he thinks Russia invading a sovereign neighbor is no big deal—because swarthy folk from the south are crossing our border to secure employment during a crushing labor shortage. Oh, noes! The bad foreign people are gonna strengthen our economy and enhance our culture like they’ve been doing throughout our nation’s history! It’s just like when Vlad sends the tanks rumbling over the border of a weaker adversary. No difference at all! Watch: xTucker compares Russia's attempts to invade Ukraine to...
    Russia has claimed to have escorted a US spy plane away from its airspace amid a new US warning that Vladimir Putin intends to deploy 175,000 troops to invade Ukraine in early 2022. Footage apparently taken in the cockpit of a Russian military aircraft appears to show them tailing an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea. It is reported that the Su-27 and Su-30 fighters continued to track the plane until it left the area close to Russian airspace. The region where southern Russia borders Ukraine and the disputed Crimean peninsula has become increasingly tense because of intelligence claims that President Putin is planning an invasion of Ukraine early next year. Pictures also show Russian military drills underway in regions close to Ukraine, including Voronezh and Belgorod. Footage said to have been taken in the cockpit of a Russian military aircraft appears to show them tailing an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea The region where southern Russia borders Ukraine and the disputed Crimean peninsula has become increasingly tense because of intelligence claims that President Putin is...
    VLADIMIR Putin has warned against a US fleet that is in its "crosshairs" as Biden's warships face off Russia in the Black Sea. The Russian navy has started tracking a US naval command vessel amid tension over NATO activities near Russia's borders. 2Putin has sent warning about a US fleet in Russia's 'crosshairs'Credit: Getty 2Russia have warned against US boats in the black seaCredit: PA "The forces and means of the Black Sea fleet have started monitoring the actions of the Mount Whitney command ship, which entered the Black Sea zone on November 4," TASS news agency quoted the defence ministry as saying. The US Navy said on Monday that the USS Mount Whitney had arrived in Istanbul and that it would soon join forces with other ships in the Black Sea. President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russian forces could observe the Mount Whitney "through binoculars or in the crosshairs of [their] defence systems". And on Tuesday, the Black Sea fleet said its ships had rehearsed destroying enemy targets and that air defence systems had been put on...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s defense chief on Wednesday voiced concern about a buildup of NATO forces near the country’s borders, and called for stronger defense ties with neighboring Belarus. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted recent efforts to boost military cooperation between the two allies, including modernization of military infrastructure for shared use. After a meeting of the two countries’ military top brass, Shoigu said he and his Belarusian counterpart extended agreements on two Russian military facilities in Belarus — an early warning radar in the Brest region near Poland and a naval communications center in Vileyka near the Belarusian capital of Minsk. He didn’t specify for how long they were extended. Russia and Belarus have a union agreement envisaging close political, economic and military ties. Moscow has staunchly backed Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko amid Western sanctions triggered by Belarusian authorities’ crackdown on protests following his re-election to a sixth term in an August 2020. Belarus’ opposition and the West rejected the election as a sham. In a bid to secure more Kremlin support, Lukashenko has repeatedly described Belarus as...
    Russia will be ready to fire to hit to protect its borders, a senior diplomat warned Thursday in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender Wednesday to drive it away from the area near Sevastopol, but Britain denied that account and insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon. The incident marked the first time since the Cold War that Moscow acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, underlining the rising threat of military collisions amid Russia-West tensions. RUSSIA DEFENSE MINISTRY SUMMONS BRITISH DEFENSE ATTACHE OVER BLACK SEA 'WARNING SHOTS DISPUTE Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday that "the inviolability of the Russian borders is an absolute imperative," adding that it will be protected "by all means, diplomatic, political and military if needed." Asked what Russia would do to prevent such intrusions in the future, Ryabkov told reporters it...
    The drone circled for a long time. Photo: ainonline.com On Tuesday, May 25, the US Air Force strategic reconnaissance drone RQ-4B was spotted near the borders of the Russian Federation in the Global Hawk Baltic region. His flight continued in the skies of Donbass. This is evidenced by the monitoring of Western aircraft resources, which monitored the device according to the signals of the on-board transponders. The U.S. drone took off from Sigonella Airport on the Italian island of Sicily and then followed an unusual route through the air via France, Germany and the Baltic before approaching the Russian border. It flew over the borders of the Kaliningrad, Biskov and Leningrad regions, then flew over Belarusian airspace, and only then flew over Polish airspace to Ukraine, where it flew over the border line at Donbass. On Tuesday, a British Royal Air Force RC-135W radio-electronic reconnaissance aircraft was also recorded near Russian borders in the Black Sea. Two U.S. spy planes, one after the other, conducted regular flights off the coast of...
    VLADIMIR Putin today signalled the start of a pull back of troops from the Ukraine border.  But defence minister Sergei Shoigu vowed action an “immediate reaction” if Russia faced a threat from NATO. 5Russia has ordered troops to return to their bases after a build up at the border with UkraineCredit: AP 5Troops have been carrying out military drills amid tensions with Ukraine but will return to baseCredit: AP 5Vladimir Putin has stood down troops after fears tensions with Ukraine could escalate into a full-blown warCredit: AP The announcement came as Putin's close ally Shoigu was in annexed Crimea where huge air and naval drills have been underway on the Black Sea.  But the announcement said that from tomorrow “troops of the Southern and Western Military Districts, the Airborne Forces will begin to return from the southern borders of the Russian Federation to the points of permanent deployment”. They were due back at bases by May 1. The order comes after Putin massed more than 150,000 troops on the border with Ukraine in the region's largest ever military build-up, according...
    Vladimir Putin has slammed the West for 'picking on Russia for no reason' and warned against any country crossing his 'red lines' as he gave his annual state-of-the-union address on Wednesday. The president, 68, told lawmakers that Moscow will always respond to provocation amid escalating military action on the border with Ukraine where he continues to amass thousands of troops. He said: 'I hope that no one will think of crossing a red line with Russia. And we will decide ourselves where it will be.   'Russia's response will be symmetrical, fast and tough. The organizers of any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their actions more than they've regretted anything in a long time.' The warning comes at a time of heightened tensions at home and abroad amid claims 120,000 Russian troops are stationed on the border with Ukraine. Protests were also planned today in 100 Russian cities in support of Alexei Navalny to coincide with the address. The jailed Kremlin critic, who is in 'poor health' in prison hospital, was not mentioned in Putin's speech, as authorities closed off...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian officials will travel to Brussels this week to meet with NATO allies for discussions about the “ongoing build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders,” according to joint statements and Blinken’s team. “There are more Russian forces massed on those borders than at any time since 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine,” acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker, who leads the State Department’s European affairs bureau, told reporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team has suggested in recent days that Russian forces might need “to take care of the interests of Russian speakers” in eastern Ukraine, after insisting earlier this month that the movement of Russian troops along the western edge of the country was of no concern to Kyiv. That rhetoric has stoked suspicions that Russian forces might pour over the border on false pretenses, just as Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and then denied having sent any forces into the country. “At the same time, Russia has had a disinformation campaign blatantly designed to falsely...
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s group has launched a platform called “Freedom for Freedom”, which has published a map of the Russian Federation. The temporarily occupied part of Crimea is shown within Russia. Navalny’s chief executive, Leonid Volko, explained that he had spoken to her and that such a film was unacceptable. Subarov proposed to adjust the map in accordance with the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine and bring the borders of the Russian Federation. “Mr. Volkov explained the impossibility of the proposed amendment,” – wrote Subarov. At the same time, he stressed that he “did not like transgender arguments” brought to Navalny’s headquarters. When Russia invaded Crimea in March 2014, the Russian president’s actions on the peninsula were not geopolitical, but “Putin’s personal revenge on the entire Ukrainian people, the Russians set a bad precedent with his revolution. “ In November 2019, Navalny said about the Crimea that “minced meat will not work again.” According to him, connecting the peninsula is illegal, but there are already 2 million people with Russian passports. Earlier, the President of the Czech Republic...
    A group of Russian diplomats and their family members returned to Russia from North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley on Thursday because of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post. North Korea's leader and dictator Kim Jong-Un closed the country's borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering, with experts believing that he recognises the country's healthcare system would not be able to cope with a major outbreak. 'Since the borders have been closed for over a year and passenger traffic has been halted,' staff members of the Russian embassy in North Korea and their family members embarked on 'a long and difficult journey to get home,' the ministry said. The group of eight people took a 32-hour train ride, followed by two hours on a bus. A group of Russian diplomats and their family members (pictured) returned to Russia from North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley on Thursday because of COVID-19 restrictions They then boarded a rail trolley and pushed themselves for around half a mile (around a kilometre) across the...
    US whistleblower Edward Snowden and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship in order not to be separated from their future son in an era of pandemics and closed borders, he said today. Snowden's wife, Lindsay, is expecting a child in late December, the RIA news agency cited Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer, as saying. Snowden, 37, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the US National Security Agency where he was a contractor. He is wanted in the US on espionage charges after he leaked information showing that agents from the NSA were collecting telephone records from millions of US citizens.   'After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship,' Snowden wrote on Twitter. Edward Snowden and his wife Lindsay Mills have applied for Russian citizenship to stop them being separated...
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