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    (CNN)Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez Friday after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said.Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and local group Los Mexicles clashed in a prison Thursday afternoon, Deputy Security Minister Ricardo Mejia said.A riot then broke out, leaving two shot to death and four injured with bullet wounds, Mejia said, speaking alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a regular news conference. Another 16 were injured in the fighting, he said.Officials did not say what caused the clash.Following the riot, the Mexicles rampaged in the city, authorities said, killing nine civilians. Among them were four employees of a radio station, including one announcer, Mejia said.Read MoreA woman stands in front of a building that was burnt during violence that swept across parts of Ciudad Juarez.Across town, convenience stores were shot at and set on fire. FEMSA, the parent company of the Oxxo chain,...
    Putin's blundering forces have shot down their own helicopter in Ukraine after it mistakenly started firing at its own troops. The Ka-52 'Alligator' helicopter, which costs an estimated £12million, was gunned down in Kherson, Ukraine's General Staff revealed. The military bosses joked it was a 'gesture of goodwill' from the invading forces. Putin's blundering forces have shot down their own helicopter in Ukraine after mistakenly thinking it was attacking them (file image of a Ka-52) They reported that three of the helicopters were flown over the occupied region and started to shoot at the Russian troops stationed below. They returned fire and shot down one of the choppers in what is just the latest embarrassing blow for Putin's men. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris Johnson is touted as potential new NATO boss after... Russia's energy war with EU exposes how Putin has them in... Share this article Share Just last week, Russia shot down its own £35million Su-34M fighter jet in Ukraine. Soldiers were trying to target the US-supplied HIMARS rocket launchers...
    In the intelligence game, there’s a saying: “Tell me what you know, tell me what you think, and make damn clear which is which.” On the heels of two embarrassingly bad calls, the U.S. intelligence community is trying to figure out a better way to assess one of the great intangibles of war: which side has the greater will to fight. “Within 12 months, we missed the will to fight. We overestimated the Afghans' will to fight, underestimated the Ukrainians' will to fight,” said Sen. Angus King (I-ME) at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in May. “I hope that the intelligence community is doing some soul-searching about how to better get a handle on that question.” Indeed, they are. After Congress was briefed in February that Kyiv was going to fall in three or four days and the war in Ukraine would last two weeks, Avril Haines, the U.S. director of national intelligence, convened a working group under the auspices of the National Intelligence Council to try to figure out a better way to gauge “will to...
    The White House press office was forced to point out that President Joe Biden does not have cancer after a Wednesday speech in Massachusetts triggered a slew of questions about whether he had just made a major health announcement. No, said a key aide, pointing out that the president was referring to a diagnosis long before he took up residence in the White House. It is just the latest example of aides playing clean-up for the gaffe-prone 79-year-old.  This time it came after Biden delivered a major climate speech and discussed the impact of emissions from oil refineries near his home in Delaware.  'You'd have to put on your windshield wipers to get literally the oil slick off the window,' he said. 'That's why I — and so damn many other people I grew up with — have cancer and why for the longest time Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.' The White House was forced to clarify President Joe Biden's comments in a climate speech on Wednesday, when he appeared to say he has cancer A White...
    (CNN)A US Army brigade in Germany has been confined to its base during evenings and temporarily banned from consuming alcohol, a spokesman for the Army said Thursday, after five troops were charged with driving scooters under the influence in Nuremberg over the July 4 holiday weekend.All five soldiers were together on the July Fourth weekend when they were charged with being over the legal alcohol limit, according to John Tomassi, the US army spokesman in Europe. The Army is investigating the incident, he added. The entire 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team -- which includes about 3,000 soldiers -- was told they could no longer spend nights off base, and alcohol has been banned until the entire unit is trained on obeying German driving laws regarding drinking and driving, Tomassi said. The training is likely to be completed this weekend.The military publication Stars and Stripes was the first to report the actions of the brigade team and the decision to revoke privileges.The unit, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, deployed to Germany this winter as part of the US military's initiative to...
    The first of 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers set to receive three weeks' training in Britain were today filmed wielding weapons at a Manchester army base. Members of the Edinburgh-based 3rd Battalion The Rifles oversaw a series of rifle drills with the Kyiv troops. In the newly released Ministry of Defence clip, an unnamed training officer states that the soldiers will be taught how to handle weapons and basic soldiering. They will also be trained in marksmanship, he said - 'so what they aim at they hit'. An unidentified British Army training officer instructs watching Ukrainians how to fire rifles The officer added: 'They seem motivated and keen. They want to do well. 'They know what they're going up against in three weeks' time. They know the reality of their situation and so do we.' It followed reports that the Ukrainian arrivals have chosen to train from 6am to 10.30pm seven days a week. Three Rifles tweeted this afternoon: '3 Rifles is proud to be supporting Ukrainian volunteers, working day and night to improve their survivability and lethality.' It added 'SlavaUkrainii', which means...
    Russian forces are moving into Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk province just days after the Kremlin celebrated a "major victory" in neighboring Luhansk, a Ukrainian official said Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin's army is engaged in heavy fighting as it makes its way into Donetsk, the southern province in Ukraine's Donbas region, after seizing the towns of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in long and costly battles, according to the governor of Luhansk. The battlefield report seemed to contradict Putin's televised message on Monday that Russian troops "should rest and build up their combat capabilities" after their victory in Luhansk. PUTIN URGES MILITARY PAUSE AFTER CAPTURING LYSYCHANSK "Heavy fighting is going on at the edge of Luhansk region. ... All the forces of the Russian army and reserves have been redirected there. ... They are sustaining heavy losses," Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Gaidai told Ukrainian television, according to Reuters. "A large quantity of equipment is being sent towards Donetsk region. Of course, after Luhansk region, Donetsk is at the top of their list," Gaidai added. On Monday, Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei...
    The Ukrainian flag has once again been hoisted on Snake Island in the Black Sea after Russian forces were forced to retreat from the strategic outpost last week. The country's military announced yesterday that the flag would be raised on the craggy outcrop as soon as Ukrainian troops arrived. After earlier confusion over whether or not the flag was up, a picture was released in the afternoon by Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, showing the raised flag on Snake Island.   An image released yesterday by Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, shows the Ukrainian national flag hoisted on Snake Island following Russia's withdrawal The craggy outpost on the Black Sea had been the target of fierce fighting before Ukrainian forces successfully retook it last Friday Some analysts have said Russia's withdrawal from Snake Island off Ukraine's southwestern coast could loosen its blockade on Ukrainian ports. But a Kyiv-based foreign diplomat said it was still not enough to allow for safe transit of Ukrainian grain. 'There is a requirement for...
    A new Iron Curtain has begun to descend across Europe following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has declared today. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, said Russia will not trust the US or EU on anything 'from now on.' 'As far as an iron curtain is concerned, essentially it is already descending,' on Europe he said. 'They should just be careful not to pinch anything.' It comes after the West heavily sanctioned Russia in retaliation for Putin ordering his troops into Ukraine, and began giving Kyiv weapons to drive back the assault. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Alexander Lukashenko, warned European leaders 'not to pinch anything' as a new Iron Curtain descends across the continent He spoke after NATO agreed to reinforce its eastern flank, and declared Russia to be the biggest threat to the continent's security Putin (right, meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo today) has been hammered by sanctions and largely cut off from Western trade since the invasion What was the original  Iron Curtain? The Iron Curtain...
    Russia has announced it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major rocket attack on the outpost. The 100-acre hunk of land is a favourable strategic position, sitting some 80 miles off Ukraine's southern coastline in the Black Sea. Russia seized the island early in the war and had largely managed to maintain control of it despite intermittent attacks from Ukraine's armed forces. But Ukraine last week launched a major offensive, destroying a series of Russian supply stations and anti-aircraft systems with a brutal barrage of rockets. The withdrawal represents a major loss for Putin's forces. The head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, Andriy Yermak, published a jubilant message upon learning the news this morning. 'KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job,' Yermak wrote on Twitter. Russia's defence ministry confirmed its forces had withdrawn from the strategic outpost, but painted the retreat as a 'gesture of goodwill' and evidence that Russia is not interfering with the export of vital grain from Ukraine amid an escalating global food crisis. 'As...
    VLADIMIR Putin has called a morbidly obese general out of retirement to lead his troops in Ukraine as he is running out of senior officers, reports claim. The Russian despot is now "scraping the barrel" and relying on 20st vodka-swilling General Pavel, 67, to revive his faltering invasion. 2General Pavel is said to scoff five meals a day washed down with at least a litre of vodkaCredit: D.S.Lauri 2Putin is now 'scraping the barrel' as he runs out of generalsCredit: AFP He is said to be in charge of Putin's special forces in eastern Ukraine after the unit's former commander was seriously injured in an artillery strike, a source told the Daily Star. The hulking veteran reportedly served in Russia's bungled invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s and has over four decades' experience under his straining belt. General Pavel first became a commander of elite troops 25 years ago, but had settled into high-calorie retirement. He reportedly scoffs five meals a day and washes it down with at least a litre of vodka. READ MORE ON RUSSIAPLANE INFERNO Four...
    RUSSIAN military chiefs have removed several generals from key roles as their advance stalls. The move comes after Ukrainian forces were told to withdraw from the south-eastern city of Severodonetsk to regroup and limit casualties. 2Putin has purged Alexander Dvornikov following heavy losses in southern Ukraine Defence Intelligence, part of the MoD, said Gen-Col Andrei Serdyukov is likely out as Airborne Forces commander. Also gone is Alexandr Dvornikov, commander Southern Group of Forces General of the Army. He could be replaced by Sergei Surovikin — dogged by corruption and brutality claims in his 30-year career. Defence Intelligence said: “Since the start of June, the Russian high command has highly likely removed several Generals from key operational command roles.” READ MORE WORLD NEWSPLANE INFERNO Four killed after Russian military plane crashes 'en route to Ukraine'FINAL BLOW Putin to be overthrown by three key rivals in 'hammer' coup claims ex-CIA chief This comes amid fears Vladimir Putin may be purging his inner circle after four recent "suicides" of gas industry executives linked to the tyrant. In April,...
    RUSSIA has threatened Poland after claiming it 'killed 80 foreign fighters' amid calls for NATO reinforcements. The warning comes amid soaring tensions with the Nato-member country after Moscow claimed it has removed a Polish flag from a memorial site commemorating the killing of thousands of Poles in the Soviet Union. 2Russian airstrikes have cause damages to buildings in Novoselivka villageCredit: Rex 2Ruins at the National Technical University in KharkivCredit: AP Russia's defence ministry says its troops have killed "up to 80" Polish fighters in "precision strikes" in the eastern Donetsk region. It said in a statement: "Up to 80 Polish mercenaries, 20 armoured combat vehicles and eight Grad multiple rocket launchers were destroyed in precision strikes on the Megatex zinc factory in Konstantinovka". And the mayor of Smolensk, where the Polish flag was removed Andrei Borisov, confirmed the saying: "There cannot be Polish flags on Russian monuments. "Even less so after the frankly anti-Russian comments by Polish political leaders. READ MORE ON RUSSIAIN THE CROSSHAIRS Russia must strike LONDON first when WW3 erupts, Putin ally revealsCOUNTER STRIKE ‘Electrified’ NATO's 200k-strong...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday vowed to provide service members with “seamless access” to reproductive health care in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. He said in a statement: Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce and DOD families. I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force. The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law. Austin’s statement comes after progressive veterans and service members voiced outraged on social media over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which effectively overturned Roe v. Wade. They expressed concern that service members would be serving in states that did not allow for abortion. Some claimed that the Supreme Court was coming after gay rights next. During former President Donald Trump’s administration, Pentagon officials — particularly those who disliked Trump —...
    The Final Solution was developed after Heinrich Himmler witnessed the horror of the Babi Yar massacre of more than 33,000 Jews and decided 'there has got to be another way of doing this', historian James Holland said. Babi Yar, a ravine on the edge of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, became infamous after 33,771 men, women and children were shot there over the course of just two days in September 1941. At that point, the Nazis were three months into Operation Barbarossa – their ultimately doomed attempt to invade and conquer the Soviet Union. Only ten of the estimated 700 people that took part in the killings at Babi Yar were ever convicted of a crime. Speaking to MailOnline at the Chalke Valley History Festival, which is sponsored by the Daily Mail, Mr Holland said the path to the Final Solution – the name given by the Nazis to the murder of nearly six million Jews in a network of death camps from 1942 – began at Babi Yar. Nazi troops carried out the massacre in Ukraine after branding the local...
    This is the moment a squad of Russian soldiers were filmed allegedly surrendering to Ukrainian forces on the battlefield of Luhansk. The clip was posted on Telegram messenger and taken during the intense fighting in the country's eastern region, as the city of Sievierodonetsk continues to suffer under heavy bombardment. The footage claims to show 14 Russian troops lay down their arms in surrender to Ukraine, The Daily Express reports, as Russia continues to pour in more servicemen to keep up the fight for Eastern Ukraine. Governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Gaidai earlier said that Vladimir Putin was piling in extra soldiers into his attempt to seize Sievierodonetsk. He said: 'Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, they will throw in all the reserves they have, because there are so many of them there already, they're at critical mass.' A squad of Russian soldiers were filmed allegedly surrendering to Ukrainian forces on the battlefield of Luhansk The footage, taken in the country's eastern region, claims to show 14 Russian troops lay down their arms in surrender to Ukraine Ukrainian armed forces admitted...
    THERE are fears over the fate of a Brit ex-soldier who vanished after being captured by Russian troops following a surrender at a steel plant in Ukraine. Combat medic John Harding, 59 - believed to be an ex-paratrooper and Falklands veteran - was last seen being evacuated with his comrades in Mariupol last month and has not been spotted since. 4Combat medic John Harding, 59, was last seen leaving the Azovstal industrial plant in MayCredit: Reuters 4Harding was hidden out in the plant with hundreds of other Ukrainian troopsCredit: Reuters Two other Brits, Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were also captured at the Azov steel plant and have been sentenced to death by a kangaroo court in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. A fourth Briton, dad-of-four Andrew Hill, 35, is being told to expect the same death sentence. Harding is said to have joined the Ukrainian military five years ago after fighting against the Islamic State in Syria, according to the Daily Mail. The 59-year-old was nicknamed "Pops" by his comrades and was seen in TV footage leaving...
    Boris Johnson has made a surprise visit to Kyiv today - the day after Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders visited Ukraine for the first time - pledging to stand with Volodymyr Zelensky against Russia. The PM is in the Ukrainian capital for the second time since Vladimir Putin invaded following a day of mystery regarding his whereabouts. Tweeting a picture greeting the Ukrainian president this afternoon, Mr Johnson said: 'Mr President, Volodymyr, It is good to be in Kyiv again.' A message on Mr Zelensky's Telegram account also read: 'Many days of this war have proved that Great Britain's support for Ukraine is firm and resolute. Glad to see our country's great friend Boris Johnson in Kyiv again.' A video released by the Ukrainian government also showed Mr Zelensky warmly greeting the PM with a 'hi, Boris' as he arrived at the presidential palace. The two leaders then walked up a set of stairs while conversing before posing for pictures and walking into a meeting room. Mr Johnson told the Ukrainian president that the UK is prepared to launch a major operation...
    Emmanuel Macron has told Ukraine to negotiate with Vladimir Putin in order to bring about an end to the war. The French president arrived in Romania yesterday for a three-day trip to Ukraine's eastern neighbours including Moldova, before possibly heading to Kyiv on Thursday on a visit with leaders from Germany, Italy and Romania. 'The Ukrainian President and his officials will have to negotiate with Russia,' he said today. Emmanuel Macron has told Ukraine to negotiate with Vladimir Putin in order to bring about an end to the war (pictured today in Romania) The French leader has been criticised by Ukraine and eastern European allies for maintaining a dialogue with Putin The French leader has been criticised by Ukraine and eastern European allies for what they perceive as his ambiguous backing for Ukraine in the war against Russia. But French officials have in recent days sought to strengthen the public messaging, while Macron appeared to take a tougher line with his troops. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Why are European judges ruling in Britain despite...
    UKRAINE’S top brass have paid a moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley after he was killed fighting Russian troops. Jordan, 25, was shot dead during the intense battle for the city of Severodonetsk. 1Ukraine's top brass paid a moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley, who was shot dead during the intense battle for the city of SeverodonetskCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk He had been part of a heroic force engaged in street-by-street combat to defend the city, just 50 miles from the Russian border and described by President Zelensky as crucial for the future of eastern Ukraine. Jordan left the 3rd Battalion the Rifles in March and joined the Foreign Legion within weeks of it being set, one of thousands of recruits from more than 50 countries who flocked to Ukraine to help defeat Putin. His devastated family, of Sandbach, Cheshire, were told of his death last week. The Legion yesterday paid its own tribute to the heroic warrior. Read More on UkraineSICKLY VLAD Putin seen SHAKING uncontrollably & legs repeatedly buckle during speechRUNNING...
    Three months after McDonald’s suspended operations in Russia due to their invasion of Ukraine, hundreds of people streamed into its famous former outlet on Moscow’s Pushkin Square as the restaurant reopened Sunday under a Russian owner and a new name. In March, McDonald’s halted operations of its company-run restaurants in Russia. Although some run by franchisees stayed open, the action by the multinational fast-food chain was among the most visible responses by foreign companies to Russia sending troops into Ukraine. Two months later, McDonald’s decided to leave Russia altogether and sold its 850 restaurants to Alexander Govor, who held licenses for 25 franchises in Siberia. The sign reads ‘The Name Changes, Love Remains’. The first of former McDonald’s restaurants is reopened with new branding in Moscow. The corporation sold its branches in Russia to one of its local licensees after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine. The logo is different, but still evokes the golden arches: a circle and two yellow oblongs — representing a beef patty and french fries — configured into a stylized M. Fifteen of the...
    SWEDEN and Finland have joined troops from 14 Nato countries for major war games amid invasion fears after Vladimir Putin's threat to "reclaim" territory. Some 7,000 troops and 45 ships took part in the military drills alongside the two countries in defiance of a chilling warning from Russia that it could nuke the regions in "ten seconds". 8Swedish and Finnish troops joined Nato countries for war gamesCredit: Getty 8A Swedish navy military hovercraft during military drills in the Baltic SeaCredit: Getty 8Aviation Boatswains Mate signals to the pilots of the MV-22 Osprey assault support aircraft as it departs off the flight deck of an assault shipCredit: AFP 8Some 7,000 troops and 45 ships took part in the drillsCredit: Getty The training tasks included air drops and amphibious landings on Gotland, an island strategically located in the middle of the southern part of the Baltic Sea. Swedish Armed Forces have been practicing with US troops how to defend the island of 58,000 people - and how to take it back from a foreign aggressor. It comes amid heightened tensions as Putin's war...
    The U.S. is indirectly paying an airline controlled by the Taliban to fly out Afghans seeking safety, according to a new report, following the chaotic departure of American troops last year. Washington is committed to helping rescue Afghans who helped U.S. forces or who fear for their lives after working for the former government. But with no diplomatic representation in the country it is reliant on Qatar, which maintains relations with the Taliban, to make arrangements to fly Afghans out of the country en route to the U.S. Four sources told NBC News that Qatar is buying plane tickets in bulk from Ariana Afghan Airlines, the country’s state-owned airline. The airline flies twice a week to Doha, with tickets costing around $480 a seat. The U.S. is indirectly paying an airline controlled by the Taliban to fly refugees out of Afghanistan, it emerged on Thursday The rapid advance of the Taliban as U.S. forces withdrew last year triggered a chaotic operation to help vulnerable Afghans find safety From there, the U.S. arranges onward flights. Any suggestion that American taxpayers money...
    DRAMATIC footage captures the moment a Russian helicopter is struck down by a Ukrainian missile as it crashes into an inferno. The aircraft was downed in the heavily contested Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where much of Russia’s army is still concentrated. 4Video shows a Russian helicopter in a death spiral toward the groundCredit: Twitter 4The plane bursts into a fireball after being hit by a Ukrainian missileCredit: Twitter 4Fumes from the strike could be seen for milesCredit: Twitter The remarkable clip shows the helicopter spinning it circles as it drops out of the sky. It then explodes into a huge fireball with the resulting inferno visible for miles. It comes as Russian troops are reportedly destroying bridges across the Seversky Donets river of the region in an attempt to block Ukrainian reinforcements from providing aid to civilians in the town of Sievierodonetsk, a local official reported. According to The Independent, Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai also said on live television the Ukrainian military was continuing to preserve its positions inside the town, and was pushing back Russian troops in several...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine 100 days ago, and despite having a much larger force, Russia has failed to meet nearly all of its core objectives. After weeks of failing to capture the capital of Kyiv, a result of underestimating Ukrainian opposition forces' capabilities and running into self-inflicted problems, the Russian military was forced to recommit its efforts to the Donbas, in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has persisted for roughly eight years. INVADING FORCES DEPORT OVER 230,000 UKRAINIAN CHILDREN TO RUSSIA, KYIV SAYS The Russians are “achieving tactical success in the Donbas,” the U.K. Ministry of Defense said in an update Friday. The Russians control over 90% of the Luhansk province and will most likely take complete control within two weeks. The recent successes have required “significant resource cost” and were achieved by “concentrating force and fires on a single part of the overall campaign,” the update continues. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy affirmed Friday that his troops had “been defending Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory will be ours.” In an address to Luxembourg’s parliament a...
    SHOCKING pictures reveal the chaos left behind by Russian troops at the Chernobyl nuclear site as they trashed the area before retreating. In a total disregard for safety regulations at the highly radioactive site, soldiers left live electrical wiring uncovered, broke windows and left stacks of litter strewn over floors and worktops. 7Russian troops left piles of litter throughout the siteCredit: Getty 7Careless soldiers smashed windows and trashed roomsCredit: Getty 7They also left taunting graffiti messages aimed at Ukrainian defendersCredit: Getty 7Putin's troops took over the site in the early days of the invasionCredit: Getty Putin's troops also graffitied walls with taunting messages toward Ukrainian defenders. Chernobyl is considered one of the most radioactive places on earth after the deadly nuclear disaster in 1986. Russian troops took control of the site after they seized it in the early days of the invasion, sparking fears of a major radioactive disaster as a result of heavy fighting around the plant. The careless soldiers dug trenches in the highly toxic Red Forest zone, just a few miles west of the plant, but retreated as part of a pull-out from...
    When Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, it had hoped to overtake the country in a blitz lasting only days or a few weeks. Many Western analysts thought so, too. As the conflict marked its third month Tuesday, however, Moscow appears to be bogged down in what increasingly looks like a war of attrition, with no end in sight and few successes on the battlefield. There was no quick victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s powerful forces, no rout that would allow the Kremlin to control most of Ukraine and establish a puppet government. Instead, Russian troops got bogged down on the outskirts of Kyiv and other big cities amid stiff Ukrainian defenses. Convoys of Russian armor seemed stalled on long stretches of highway. Troops ran out of supplies and gasoline, becoming easy targets from the land and the air. A little over a month into the invasion, Russia effectively acknowledged the failure of its blitz and pulled troops back from areas near Kyiv, declaring a shift of focus to the eastern industrial region of the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists...
    Diplomats raised the Stars and Stripes over the U.S. embassy in Kyiv on Wednesday, signaling that it was open for business again after shutting down three months ago before Russia invaded Ukraine.  It is the latest sign of business as usual in the Ukrainian capital after its forces pushed back Russian troops. Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops celebrated the arrival of heavy weapons from the U.S. by writing 'From America With Love' on new howitzer artillery pieces. And Ukraine said this week its armed forces had destroyed Russian tanks deep behind enemy lines in the Donbas region using British-made Brimstone missiles for the first time.  The result is the resumption of operations at the American embassy.  'When we suspended operations at the embassy, we made the point clear: while we would relocate U.S. embassy personnel for their safety and security, this would in no way prevent our engagement with, and support for, the Ukrainian people, government, and civil society as well as our allies and partners,' said Secretary of State Antony Blinken, adding that extra security measures had been implemented. He paid...
    VLADIMIR Putin has lost his 43rd Colonel after a failed attempt by Russian troops to cross a river in Ukraine and a legendary sniper. Colonel Denis Kozlov, 40, was among Russian troops obliterated attempting to cross the Donets River after being ambushed by Ukrainian forces last week. 3Colonel Denis Kozlov was killed attempting to cross the Donets RiverCredit: East2West 3Russian tanks destroyed in the disastrous river crossingCredit: Rex Separately the death was announced of one of Vladimir Putin’s  top military snipers, Sergeant Sergei Tsarkov. Kozlov had only been in his position for two months having just replaced his predecessor, Colonel Serhiy Porohnya, after he was killed in March. In the attack on the Donets River last week, two battalions were wiped out by the Ukrainians after a failed mission to rescue stranded comrades and kit on the other side of the river. Russian soldiers and their vehicles had been left trapped in their attempt to cross the waterway after the bridge was blown apart my Ukrainian military. READ MORE ON UKRAINEWAR CRIMINAL Baby-faced Russian who shot civilian dead pleads GUILTY in...
    THIS is the dramatic moment a Russian tank was obliterated after three Ukrainian grenades ignited the ammo on board. Drone footage shows three smaller explosions followed by a mega-blast - leaving the tank in ruins near Kharkiv as soldiers frantically flee. 6Ukrainian troops used a drone to blast a tank with three grenadesCredit: twitter.com 6Soldiers can be seen fleeing as the munition strikes the vehicleCredit: twitter.com 6A huge mega-explosion followed as ammo on board detonatedCredit: twitter.com 6Burnt out Russian military equipment litters UkraineCredit: Reuters Trails of destroyed Russian military equipment litter Ukraine as Vladimir Putin's invasion continues to face stiff resistance from heroic defenders. Fresh footage shows a Russian T-72B3 tank being seemingly vaporised by three grenades dropped by the 93rd Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian army near the city of Izium. Footage shows the three munitions dropping to the ground in around 30-second intervals as Russian soldiers disperse and run away. As each strikes the tank, flames erupt from the armoured vehicle as it explodes - filling the air with thick plumes of smoke. Read more on UkraineHEROES RETURN...
    The 82-day siege of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol appears to be coming to an end after hundreds of Ukrainian troops were evacuated from the facility on Monday as the government of Ukraine works to evacuate the remaining defenders. More than 260 Ukrainian troops were evacuated from the steel plant in southeastern Ukraine, including 53 seriously wounded men, according to the Ukrainian military. The troops were loaded onto Russian buses and sent to the Russian-controlled cities of Novoazovsk and Olenivka, where they will be held until a prisoner swap can be arranged, according to Ukraine's deputy defense minister. The Azovstal steel plant was the last remaining Ukrainian garrison in Mariupol, which is now under complete Russian control. "The 'Mariupol' garrison has fulfilled its combat mission," the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said in a statement on Monday. "The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel," the statement continued, adding that the "Mariupol defenders are heroes of our time. They are forever in history." KADYROV...
    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked his troops on Monday in a touching tribute circulated online after a group of Ukrainian soldiers went viral for reaching the Russian border as they continue to repel the Russian invasion. On Sunday, a video of Ukrainian troops erecting a border post with blue and yellow stripes, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, went viral as troops celebrated reaching the Russia-Ukraine border outside of Kharkiv. “Mr. President, we reached Ukraine’s state border with the enemy state. Mr. President, we made it!” read the caption on the clip shared online by Ukraine’s former ambassador to Austria, Olexander Scherba. “Mr. President, we reached Ukraine’s state border with the enemy state. Mr. President, we made it!” Glory to #Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!#StandWithUkraine️ #UkraineWillWin #RussiaUkraineWar pic.twitter.com/kdD6kD1w3x — olexander scherba???????? (@olex_scherba) May 15, 2022 Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has seen fierce fighting in recent weeks as Ukrainian forces continue to push back Russian troops amid heavy shelling. Zelensky responded to the news of his troops reaching the Russian border in the northeastern part of the country with a heartfelt message...
    President Biden signed off on a plan to redeploy several hundred troops to Somalia, reversing an order from President Trump that withdrew the 750 troops that had been stationed there to fight terrorism.  Prior to Trump's withdrawal in December 2020, the U.S. forces had been there to help in the fight against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, an insurgent group that has sought to topple the government and establish its own Sharia rule in Somalia.  In addition, Biden signed off on a Pentagon request to go on the offensive and target about a dozen suspected al-Shabab leaders, according to the New York Times. Since Biden took office, U.S. forces have limited attacks to airstrikes that were meant to defend allied forces facing an immediate threat.  U.S. Army soldiers, assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), 101st Airborne Division on a mission to bolster the security of Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya after an attack by Somalia's al Shabaab militants that killed three Americans, board a transport plane in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti January 5, 2020 The new deployment and stepped-up aggression in Somalia...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian gunman who is the brother of a prominent Palestinian militant died Sunday after being critically wounded in clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Israeli hospital where he was being treated. Daoud Zubeidi was wounded in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday. Zubeidi is the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, a jailed Palestinian militant who briefly became one of Israel’s most wanted fugitives after tunneling out of a high-security prison last year. He was eventually caught and returned to prison. Police said a 47-year-old member of a special Israeli commando unit was killed in those clashes. Daoud Zubeidi was taken to Israel’s Rambam hospital where he was sedated and on a respirator and where his death was pronounced Sunday. Israel has been carrying out raids in Jenin and other parts of the West Bank for weeks following a spate of Palestinian attacks against Israelis that have killed nearly 20 people. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed, most of them involved in attacks or clashes with...
    Russian forces are giving up on Ukraine's second city of Kharkiv and retreating after weeks of bombardment and a failed effort to encircle it.  Ukraine's general staff said the Russians were pulling back from the northeastern city and focusing on guarding supply routes, as Kyiv and Moscow's forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country's eastern industrial heartland. Russian forces will instead focus on launching mortar, artillery and airstrikes in the eastern Donetsk province in order to 'deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications.' The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Ukraine 'appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv.' It said, 'Ukrainian forces prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone seizing Kharkiv, and then expelled them from around the city.' It means Ukrainian artillery can now threaten the town of Vovchansk, which contains a key highway and rail line supplying Russian forces in Donbas.  Pictured: A Ukrainian Army soldier walks past a burning natural gas terminal on May 13, 2022 on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Russian forces are giving up on Ukraine's second city of...
    A Ukrainian mother has branded Russian soldiers 'b******s' after they boobytrapped her award-winning 10-year-old daughter's piano with a grenade. Forced to flee their home in Bucza following Russia's invasion, Tatiana Monko returned home with daughter Daryna last week. Despite their apartment being ransacked and Daryna's prized autographed poster of her favourite band being ripped to pieces, the first thing she wanted to do was play her piano. Forced to flee their home in Bucza following Russia's invasion, Tatiana Monko returned home with daughter Daryna last week But as the talented 10-year-old sat down and began playing, Tatiana noticed that her daughter's trophies on top of the piano had been moved. Lifting the lid and peering inside, the horrified mother spotted the explosive, a VOG-25P grenade, attached to the piano's hammers. Fuming Tatiana told local media: 'I want the whole world to know what these b******s are doing. 'At the age of six she started singing and chess, last year she took fourth place in the regional chess tournament, is still in the theatre studio, played cameo roles in TV series,...
    MAD Vlad's troops have failed two more attempts to cross a river in Ukraine after 73 vehicles and a thousand troops were blown up in a tank graveyard. The soldiers were wiped out by Ukrainian artillery while trying to salvage men and kit that got stranded on the wrong side of the Donets River near Biolhorivka in the Donbass. 9Russia made another failed attempt to cross a Donbas river where an entire battalion was wiped out by Ukrainian artilleryCredit: Twitter/@InformNapalm 9Some 72 vehicles were said to have been destroyed and 1,000 men dead in the botched missionCredit: Twitter/@InformNapalm 9Russian troops had hoped to surround Lysychansk by crossing the waterway 9Russia staged a failed attempt to cross the Donets river on May 8Credit: Reuters Hundreds of Russian vehicles and met were left trapped after their first attempt to cross the waterway on May 8 failed in spectacular fashion when their pontoon bridges were sunk by Ukrainian fire. More than 50 vehicles are estimated to have been destroyed and 1,000 troops dead in the surprise counterattack by Ukrainian troops, who correctly guessed...
    A Russian soldier sent to do Vladimir Putin’s bidding in Ukraine has been caught calling the Russian leader an “old nutjob” and trash-talking his war, while others say the Kremlin’s military leadership has sent in a ruthless general to bring disloyal troops in line. That’s according to Ukrainian intelligence, which released two audio recordings Thursday of what it said were intercepted calls capturing the rapidly deteriorating morale among Russian soldiers. In the first recording, shared by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, a young man identified only as a Russian soldier can be heard venting with a female friend about Putin’s speech at the May 9 Victory Day parade. Calling Putin’s speech “gross,” his friend said that “after the parade” she had been “shaking all day.” “Well what do you want, he’s an old nutjob,” the man shot back, before mockingly saying, “Yes let’s get the USSR, fuck, Lithuania, Latvia, fucking Estonia, everything that’s not part of Russia let’s win back.” As the pair rattled off the list of territories they said Russia will probably try to seize, once...
    This is the horrifying moment a group of Russian soldiers gunned down a pair of defenceless Ukrainian civilians in Kyiv before leaving them to die in the street and looting their office. CCTV footage captured five members of Putin's forces as they approached The Camper Group - a mobile home showroom on the E40 highway west of Kyiv - where they accosted two men sitting in their office. The men were hauled out into the street and frisked for weapons, before being asked for cigarettes. After a brief exchange, the unsettling conversation appeared to conclude and the two civilians turned to walk away. But moments later, two of the soldiers nonchalantly raised their rifles and blasted several shots into the Ukrainians' turned backs, then sauntered off to plunder their office.  Two of the Russian soldiers nonchalantly raised their rifles and blasted several shots into the Ukrainians' turned backs, then sauntered off to plunder their office The civilians can be seen walking away down the street as a Russian soldier in the background prepares to shoot them in cold blood The...
    DRAMATIC satellite images show a Russian Z tank "graveyard" littered with 52 vehicles that were blown up by Ukrainian troops in a single battle. The woefully unprepared Russian battalion was bombed to smithereens trying to cross the river Donets in Ukraine in another humiliating setback for Vladimir Putin's forces. 7Aerial shots show a Russian battalion bombed to smithereens on the banks of Siverskyi Donets River in eastern UkraineCredit: Reuters 7Smoke rises from what appears to be a makeshift bridge bombed by Ukrainian troopsCredit: Reuters 7Large shell holes were seen in pontoon bridges floating along the riverCredit: Reuters 7Ukraine claims it destroyed more than 50 military vehicles during the surprise attackCredit: Rex It comes as Russian forces were forced back from the outskirts of the eastern city of Kharkiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the counteroffensive had "liberated" the country's second-biggest city and surrounding villages and given his troops a clear line to attack occupying forces around the besieged town of Izyum. "The occupiers are gradually being pushed away," Zelensky said as he hailed the effort of his "superhuman" forces. "I...
    ISRAEL has been accused of “assassinating” a US Al Jazeera journalist shot dead while reporting from the West Bank. Shireen Abu Aqleh, 51, was unrest in the Jenin refugee camp when she was killed and Israel has claimed it was “likely” it was Palestinian gunfire that killed her. 3Shireen Abu Aqleh was a Palestinian-American journalistCredit: AFP 3The reporter was killed while reporting from the West Bank The Qatar-based TV channel said Israeli forces shot Abu Aqleh deliberately and "in cold blood". "The Israeli occupation forces assassinated in cold blood Al Jazeera's correspondent in Palestine,” said Al Jazeera. It called on the international community to hold the Israeli forces accountable for their "intentional targeting and killing" of the journalist. Another Al Jazeera journalist, producer Ali al-Samudi, was wounded in the incident, the broadcaster added. According to photographer from the AFP agency Abu Aqleh was wearing a press flak jacket when she was shot. READ MORE ON ISRAEL FINAL DESTINATION Flight halted after chilling pics mysteriously sent to passengers’ phonesUNHOLY WAR Rise in terror attacks on Israel as Hamas & ISIS wage...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka deploys troops in the capital after government supporters attack protesters outside president’s office. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says service members were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing at a military base in Virginia. The incident occurred Thursday during routine training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach. A statement from the Navy did not say how many service members were involved. The statement also did not detail the extent of their injuries. But they were taken to local medical facilities for treatment. The joint base is shared between the U.S. Army and Navy and is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The base houses and trains some of the nation’s expeditionary forces. The base is also home to some of the nation’s elite Navy SEAL teams. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DOG-LIKE robots and drones could help form a new radiation-monitoring team in Chernobyl. According to the New Scientist, the tech could provide a solution to Ukraine after Russian troops "destroyed and stole" radiation monitoring equipment when they invaded the Chernobyl disaster zone. 2A broken Russian vehicle was found next to radiation sign after the Chernobyl invasionCredit: AP 2Aprotective shelter still covers the remains of the nuclear reactor Unit 4 that exploded in 1986Credit: EPA Russian armed forces invaded the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on February 24 this year. This was the first day of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. After entering the site, gamma radiation monitoring sensors were reportedly switched off. This meant that harmful levels of radiation could no longer be detected. Read more on dronesHELL FROM ABOVE Bomb from drone flies in sunroof of Russians' vehicle sending them fleeingFLIGHT OR DIE We had seconds to hide after Putin's killer drones stalked and found us A nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during a safety test in 1986. The plant is still radioactive to this day and scientists...
    (CNN)The US military returned a birthday cake to an Italian woman, exactly 77 years after American soldiers fighting in her local village ate the original gateau that was made for her 13th birthday. Sgt. Peter Wallis and Col. Matthew Gomlak presented Meri Mion with an icing-covered cake topped with fresh fruit on Thursday, according to the US army's official website. The ceremony took place ahead of Mion's 90th birthday on April 29, and was hosted by Italian officials at Giardini Salvi, a park in the heart of Vicenza, Italy. Milon's new birthday cake.A stolen cakeOn April 28, 1945, US troops from the 88th Infantry Division fought against German soldiers in the northeastern Italian city. Read MoreMion was barely a teenager when the battle migrated to her village of San Pietro. As German soldiers opened fire near her farm, she hid with her mother in the attic. When she woke up the next morning, American troops had taken the freshly-baked birthday cake her mother had left for her on their window sill. Mion wiped away tears as she was given...
    TWO British aid workers have been reportedly captured by Russian forces after joining Ukraine's fight against Putin. It comes after the first UK casualty was named yesterday as British armed forces veteran Scott Sibley and another Brit volunteer is missing. 7A non-profit organisation said the two aid workers were captured in ZaporizhzhiaCredit: Getty 7Scott Sibley was named as the first UK casualty killed in Ukraine Non-profit organisation Presidium Network said that the two men were detained by Russian troops at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine. The charity said in a statement that the two civilians were working as humanitarian aid volunteers when they were captured on Monday. Trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News: "I know that the Foreign Office will be working very closely with both the authorities and families to understand [what is happening] and support them. "That will be ongoing at pace in the days ahead. It's a tragic story and our hearts go out to the families involved." READ MORE ON UKRAINERED BARMY How desperate Kremlin tightly controls ailing Putin to hide his ill...
    A former U.S. Marine was killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces after the private security firm he worked for sent him to war.  The family of Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, of Orange County New York, confirmed that the husband and father of a seven-month-old son had died in the Ukraine fighting Russian forces on Monday, CNN reported.  Cancel's mother, Rebecca Cabrera, said her son was working for a private military contracting company when he agreed to take up a job to fight in the Ukraine following Russia's invasion in February.  'He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn't come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn't have to be involved in it,' Cabrera told CNN.  She added that those fighting alongside Cancel were not able to retrieve his body during the conflict that killed him.  'They haven't found his body,' she said. 'They are trying, the men that were with him, but it was either grab his...
    A Pentagon report reveals that billions of dollars in weapons and military equipment transferred to the Afghan government was left behind in Afghanistan after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country. In all, about $7 billion worth of hardware remained in the country after the Taliban seized control, according to the report prepared for Congress which was obtained by CNN. That includes almost $1 billion of aircraft - rendered inoperable and dumped at Hamid Karzai International Airport - some 22,000 military Humvees and almost all the communications equipment supplied during the course of the conflict. In the weeks after the U.S. withdrawal and the collapse of Kabul, Taliban troops delighted in posing for pictures with sophisticated night vision goggles and driving abandoned vehicles. It means the equipment is now in the hands of the foe that the U.S. was trying to vanquish. A new Pentagon report revealed the full extent of U.S. weapons and military equipment supplied to the Afghan armed forces but left behind when President Joe Biden ordered the withdrawal of American troops last year. The U.S. left...
    The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the alarm over safety fears at Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine, currently under Russian occupation. Rafael Grossi, the director of the UN agency, said the level of safety at the Zaporizhzhia plant in southern Ukraine is like a 'red light blinking' as his organization tries in vain to persuade Moscow to give it access for work, including repairs. He said the IAEA must be allowed to, among other things, re-establish the plant's connections with the Vienna-based headquarters of the U.N. agency.  And for that, he warned, both Russia and Ukraine need to help. The plant requires repairs, 'and all of this is not happening. So the situation as I have described it, and I would repeat it today, is not sustainable as it is,' Grossi said. 'So this is a pending issue. This is a red light blinking.' He spoke in an interview Wednesday, a day after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the issue and after visiting Chernobyl. The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the alarm over safety levels at Europe's...