Ukraine, 2-8-23

First, links to reports from Reuters, the New York Post, Tass, and the Associated Press; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. Then, a link to geopolitical analysis from Covert Action Magazine by an Irish writer. NOTE: Clicking on the first and second items in yesterday’s war summary, HERE, yields reports other than the ones originally posted, possibly an indication of tampering by another party. — MCM

y   | Reuters  * Zelenskiy to address British parliament, visit troops * Second trip abroad for Ukrainian leader since invasion * Britain promises to train Ukrainian pilots on NATO jets | KYIV/LONDON — President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Britain on Wednesday to drum up aid, winning a pledge to train Ukrainian pilots on advanced NATO fighter jets, a big symbolic step up in Western military support. An EU diplomat said Zelenskiy would travel on to Brussels on Thursday, where the . . . READ MORE . . .

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Russian forces strike over 80 Ukrainian artillery units in past day, top brass reports. From Tass.  MOSCOW — Russian forces struck 86 Ukrainian artillery units at firing positions eliminating more than 50 enemy troops in the past day during the special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said today. “Missile troops and artillery . . . READ MORE . . .

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U.S. approves $10b arms sale to Poland as Ukraine war rages on. From AP. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a $10 billion arms sale to NATO ally Poland. The State Department notified Congress that the sale comprises mid-range, mobile HIMARS artillery rocket systems, associated ammunition and related . . . READ MORE . . .

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Russia asks Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to speak on Ukraine arms at UN. From Reuters. UNITED NATIONS — Russia has asked Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters to speak to the UN Security Council today at a meeting that Moscow requested to discuss the delivery of weapons to Ukraine. Russian diplomacy used to be serious. “What next? Mr. Bean?” said . . . READ MORE . . .

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Ukraine — The inevitable war, by Chay Bowes | CovertAction Magazine During a recent interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, former Chancellor and European political heavyweight Angela Merkel revealed that the Minsk accords, a comprehensive 2015 diplomatic treaty, agreed by the EU, United States, Russia, and Kyiv to end the civil war in eastern Ukraine, was essentially subverted by the Ukrainians in an attempt to buy time to expand its military capabilities.The fact that . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Rohr, 2-7-23

Explanation separates us from astonishment. — Eugène Ionesco (1909 – 1994)

   

The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences. — D.H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930)

   

The importance of experience

By Richard Rohr | CAC

The two wheels of Scripture and Tradition can be seen as sources of outer authority, while our personal experience leads to our inner authority. I am convinced we need and can have both. Only when inner and outer authority come together do we have true spiritual wisdom. Christianity in most of its history has largely relied upon outer authority. But we must now be honest about the value of inner experience, which of course was at work all the time but was not given credence.

Information from outer authority is not necessarily transformation, and we need genuinely transformed people today, not just people with answers. I do not want my words to separate anyone from their own astonishment or to provide them with a substitute for their own inner experience. Theology (and authority figures) have done that for too many. Rather, I hope my words—written or spoken—simply invite readers on their own inner journey rather than become a replacement for it.

I am increasingly convinced that the word “prayer,” which has become a functional and pious thing for believers to do, was meant to be a descriptor and an invitation to inner experience. When spiritual teachers invite us . . . READ MORE . . .

Ukraine, 2-7-23

First, links to reports from Reuters, the Associated Press, Tass, Agence France-Presse, and National Public Radio; others are accesssible by clicking on their names or initials below. See also a one-year perspective on the war from Consortium News, linked HERE or just below this entry. — MCM

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Ukraine says Russia endures deadliest day as fighting intensifies in east, by Olena Harmash | Reuters KYIV — Ukraine said today the last 24 hours were the deadliest of the war so far for Russian troops, as Moscow pressed on with an intensifying winter assault in the east bringing tens of thousands of freshly mobilised troops to the battlefield. The Ukrainian claim could not be independently verified. Tallies of enemy casualties from either side have typically been seen as . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russian shells spark hospital fire before expected assault, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — Russian shelling hit more civilian targets in Ukraine, starting a fire at a town’s hospital and damaging five apartment buildings, local officials said today, as Ukrainian authorities reported a Moscow troop buildup in eastern areas before what Kyiv suspected was . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Shoigu talks about success near Artyomovsk, escalation risk over NATO moves. From Tass. MOSCOW — The deliveries of Western offensive armaments to the Kiev regime are drawing NATO countries into the conflict in Ukraine and can eventually lead to “an unpredictable escalation,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said today. Meanwhile, Russian forces “continue grinding down” the West-supplied weapons both at the front line and along . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russia advancing ‘with success’ in east Ukraine: Minister. From AFP. “Military operations are at the moment progressing with success in the areas around Vugledar and Artemovsk,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today using the previous name for Bakhmut. He listed seven settlements that Russia has recently “liberated,” including . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukrainian soldiers benefit from U.S. prosthetics expertise but their war is different. Reported by Quil Lawrence | NPR  Since Russia invaded a year ago, it’s believed that thousands of Ukrainians have lost limbs in the war, though the government in Kiev hasn’t publicly confirmed the number killed or wounded. Click HERE to listen, read and see photos by NPR’s Eric Lee.

   

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Lauria, 2-6-23

As the anniversary of the Feb. 24, 2022, launch of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches, Consortium News has republished an article by its editor-in-chief initially published on Feb. 4, 2022. As linked below, the article is preceded by a long, unsigned introduction essentially serving as an editorial about the lead-up to the invasion and the war that has followed. CN’s headline below is for the editorial/introduction; its headline for the article published just over a year ago was “What a U.S. trap for Russia in Ukraine might look like.” — MCM

   

U.S.-laid trap for Russia has trapped West instead, by Joe Lauria | Consortium News (originally published on Feb. 4, 2022 ) United States plans to weaken Russia by imposing punishing sanctions and bringing world condemnation on Moscow depend on Washington’s hysteria about a Russian invasion of Ukraine actually coming true. At his press conference on Tuesday [Feb. 1, 2022], Vladimir Putin said, “I still believe the United States is not that concerned about Ukraine’s security, though they may think about it on the sidelines. Its main goal is to contain Russia’s development. This is the whole point. In this sense . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Parry, 2-6-23

Here begins an investigative analysis initially published in Dec. 28, 2014, and republished with an introduction Friday by Consortium News. — MCM

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The victory of ‘perception management’

By Robert Parry  | Consortium News

To understand how the American people find themselves trapped in today’s Orwellian dystopia of endless warfare against an ever-shifting collection of “evil” enemies, you have to think back to the Vietnam War and the shock to the ruling elite caused by an unprecedented popular uprising against that war.

While on the surface Official Washington pretended that the mass protests didn’t change policy, a panicky reality existed behind the scenes, a recognition that a major investment in domestic propaganda would be needed to ensure that future imperial adventures would have the public’s eager support or at least its confused acquiescence.

This commitment to what the insiders called . . . READ MORE . . .

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Reporter Robert Parry (1949 – 2018) founded Consortium News in 1995. He broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s.

Ukraine, 1-6-23

For now, links to reports from the Associated Press, Reuters. Tass, the Moscow Times, and National Public Radio; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. Then, a link to commentary by a New York Times columnist. — MCM

   

Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — Russian forces are keeping Ukrainian troops tied down with attacks in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional combat power there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, Ukrainian officials said today. Weeks of intense fighting continued . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukraine’s defence ministry in turmoil as Russia readies offensive, by Tom Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk | Reuters  * Reznikov’s reshuffle would be highest govt change in war * Budanov, head of spy agency, said to replace Reznikov * Reznikov instrumental in military aid to Kyiv – adviser * Slew of resignations, sackings over corruption | KYIV — Ukraine sent mixed messages over the fate of its defence minister on Monday, leaving a key post in its war effort in doubt even as it braces for a new Russian offensive. A day after announcing that Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov would be sidelined, a top ally of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Search underway for ways to protect troops from Ukrainian chemical weapons – DPR leader. From Tass. MOSCOW — A search for additional ways to protect troops from the chemical weapons that Ukrainian forces are using is underway in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the region’s Acting Head Denis Pushilin said today. “We currently seek to equip . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Amid Ukraine war, Kremlin orders nationwide bomb shelter overhaul, by Pyotr Kozlov | The Moscow Times  Bomb shelters across Russia are undergoing systematic inspections and repairs following a Kremlin order to upgrade the country’s crumbling Soviet-era infrastructure, according to some current and former officials. Many of Russia’s thousands of bunkers, reinforced cellars and other . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Examining the Wagner Group, a private military company that Russia has relied on. Steve Inskeep of NPR talks with András Rácz of the German Council on Foreign Relations, about the Russian-allied paramilitary organization Wagner Group, which is operating in Ukraine. Click HERE to listen and, later, read.

   

How will Joe Biden be remembered in 50 years? by Bret Stephens | The New York Times Thirty-one tanks for Ukraine are better than none, even if they won’t arrive on the battlefield for months. So why not announce 62 tanks, or 124, which would bring Ukraine much closer to the 300 it says it needs to win? The old argument that these tanks are beyond Ukraine’s capabilities to operate is now inoperative. So is the argument . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Ukraine, 2-5-23

First, links to reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Tass, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. (The report was added in late afternoon.) Then, an AP translation into Spanish of its own report carried in English in this blog the other day, HERE. — MCM

   

Ukraine’s situation at the front is getting tougher, Zelenskiy says, by Nick Starkov | Reuters LVIV , Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that the situation on the front lines in the east of the country was getting tougher and Russia was throwing more and more troops into battle. The Kremlin has been pushing for. . . READ MORE . . .

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‘Consensus’ with Zelensky that Western arms do not hit Russia. From AFP. BERLIN — Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky agrees that weapons supplied by the West will not be used to attack Russian territory, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said today. Russian president Vladimir Putin has compared the intervention of countries such as Germany with . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russian armed forces destroy over 130 servicemen of Ukrainian army in a day – top brass. From Tass. MOSCOW — The Russian armed forces have destroyed more than 130 servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces in the Yuzhno-Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions over the past 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said today. Also, according to him, ten pieces of equipment . . . READ MORE . . .

   

The EU is cutting off imports of Russian oil products. Reported by Ayesha Rascoe and Jackie Northam | NPR The European Union is cutting off imports of Russian oil products. It’s meant as a blow to Vladimir Putin’s economy but it will require new sources of vital diesel fuel for Europe. Click HERE to listen and read.

   

How will EU ban and West’s price cap on Russian diesel work? by David McHugh | AP  FRANKFURT, Germany — The 27-nation European Union is banning Russian refined oil products like diesel fuel and joining the U.S. and other allies in imposing a price cap on sales to non-Western countries. The bloc’s ban takes effect today following its embargo on coal and most oil from Russia. The move . . . READ MORE . . .

   

En frontera Ucrania-Bielorrusia, guerra de nervios y drones, por Samya Kullab | AP  FRONTERA CON BIELORRUSIA, Ucrania — Los drones de vigilancia vuelan varias veces por día desde posiciones ucranianas en lo profundo del bosque que se extiende sobre la frontera con Bielorrusia, un estrecho aliado de Rusia, buscando señales de peligro en la tierra y el cielo. En ese tramo de 1.000 kilómetros (650 millas) de ciénagas y bosques, las unidades ucranianas vigilan . . . READ MORE . . .

Ukraine, 2-4-23

First, a link to analysis by the Berkshire Eagle’s foreign affairs writer. NOTE: Owing to unusual technical difficulties beginning in late morning possibly related to the cold snap in the Northeast, a selection of eight links to news items have been added one link at a time. They are to reports from Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Tass, and National Public Radio; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. — MCM

   

Will the Kremlin face Crimean War II? by James Brooke | The Berkshire Eagle NATO nations are showering on Ukraine hundreds of tanks from Germany, Britain, France, Poland and the U.S. along with hundreds of fighting vehicles from Canada, Germany and the U.S. These lethal machines are not defensive weapons.  What will this offensive target? Ukraine threatens to retake the Crimean peninsula, undoing . . .  READ MORE . . .

   

Major accident in Odesa deals new blow to Ukraine’s power grid, prime minister says. From Reuters. KYIV — A serious accident at a high-voltage substation has caused widespread power outages in and around Ukraine’s southern port city of Odesa, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Saturday. “The situation . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said today. Top Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said 116 Ukrainians were freed. Russian defense officials said 63 Russian troops had returned from Ukraine following the swap, including . . . READ MORE . . .

   

France, Italy to send missile systems to Ukraine. From AFP. France and Italy have agreed to deliver mobile surface-to-air missile systems to Ukraine, the French defence ministry said Friday. The systems, called MAMBA or SAMP/T, are a vehicle-mounted battery of medium-range missiles designed to offer protection from airborne . . . READ MORE . . .

   

EU prepares more Russia sanctions; Kremlin readies offensive, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — The European Union will unveil its 10th package of sanctions against Russia on Feb. 24, a senior official from the bloc said in Kyiv on Friday, as Ukrainian forces gird for an expected Russian offensive. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told . . .  READ MORE . . .

   

EU-Ukraine summit members to be upset, Russia to achieve goals of special operation – MFA. From Tass. MOSCOW — The goals of Russia’s special military operation will be achieved, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said today. “Western attempts are futile, she said. “As the Russian leadership has reiterated, the goals . . .  READ MORE . . .

   

Russia’s Medvedev says more U.S. weapons supplies mean ‘all of Ukraine will burn.’ From Reuters. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said the supply of more advanced U.S. weaponry to Ukraine will only trigger more retaliatory strikes from Russia, up to the extent of Russia’s nuclear doctrine. “All of Ukraine that remains under Kyiv’s rule will burn,” journalist Nadana Fridrikhson quoted . . . READ MORE . . .

   

G7, Australia reach deal on oil price caps after EU. From AFP. The Group of Seven industrialized countries and Australia have reached agreement on price caps for Russian petroleum products, the group said in a statement Friday, after a similar announcement by the EU. There are two price levels . . .  READ MORE . . .

   

A Ukrainian photojournalist reflects on documenting a year of war. Scott Simon of NPR talks with Evgeniy Maloletka, an Ukrainian photojournalist, about what it’s been like documenting a year of war in his country. Click HERE to listen and, later, read.

Brenner, 2-3-23

The analysis beginning here was published by Consortium News six days ago. Just below the excerpt is a selection of recent reports related to the war in Ukraine. — MCM

   

Tanks and tragedy

By Michael Brenner | Consortium News

Never in memory has it been so daunting to figure out what’s going on during a major international crisis as with the Ukraine affair.

That sad truth owes much to the total absence of truthful reporting and honest interpretative analysis by the MSM. We are served heavy portions of falsity, fantasy and farrago crudely mixed into a narrative whose relation to reality is tenuous.

The near universal swallowing of this confection is made possible by the abdication of responsibility — intellectual and political — by America’s political class, from Washington’s high and mighty down through the galaxy of un-think tanks and self-absorbed academia.     

Now, the legion of scripters for this fictional story are working with renewed energy to incorporate a few fresh elements: President Joe Biden/NATO’s decision to send an eclectic array of armor to buttress Ukraine’s faltering forces; and the mounting evidence of crippling, incremental dismantling of its army by Russia’s superior military.

As always, that reaction turns out to be an exercise in avoidance behavior. The roughly 100 tanks slated to arrive in piecemeal fashion over the coming year will be a “game-changer.” Putin’s army is a proven “paper tiger.” “Democracy” is destined to prevail over despotic barbarism.

Or so we are told in stomach-churning doses of snake-oil. I guess that we all have ways of amusing ourselves. 

A systematic refutation of this mythic construction is both superfluous and futile. It has been done over the past year by able, experienced and thoughtful analysts who actually know what they are talking about: Colonel Douglas Macgregor, professor Jeffrey Sachs, Colonel Scott Ritter and a handful of others who together are relegated to obscure websites and scorned by the MSM.

(Here is an acute analysis by Ritter in Consortium News of the actual military value of the infusion of tanks and other armor and what that move augurs for the war’s trajectory.) 

By way of introduction, I am adding my own assessment of the present strategic picture and where we are headed. It is based on inference — to some extent — as well as my reading of the conflict’s genealogy.  The main points are made in blunt, declaratory sentences. That strikes me as necessary to break through the fog of fabrications (lies) and calculated distortions which obscure what should be evident. 

Starting Points 

The crisis’ starting point was in February 2014 when the Obama administration inspired and orchestrated a coup in Kiev that usurped the democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovych.  Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant secretary of state, was there in Maidan Square cheer-leading and conniving together with her brother in color revolution, Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

They collaborated with violent, extreme ultra-nationalist groups with whom Washington actively had been cultivating ties for a number of years.  Those ultras dominate Ukraine’s security service and the government’s key policy body, the Security Council, to this day.

The Maidan coup was the culmination of the deeply-rooted American objective of incorporating an anti-Russian Ukraine into the Western organizational orbit: NATO above all — as President George W. Bush sought to do as early as 2008.

The picket-fencing of a Russia kept at the margins of an American directed Europe had been an objective since 1991. The emergence of a strong, highly effective leader as represented by Vladimir Putin quickened the perceived need to keep Russia weak and boxed in.

The Donbass uprising/secession, provoked by the Maiden coup attended by the coming to power of rabid elements in Kiev dedicated to subjugating the country’s 10 million or so Russians, resulted in the autonomy of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as well as the integration of the Crimea (historically and demographically part of Russia) into the Russian Federation.

From that moment on, the United States fashioned and executed a strategy to reverse both shifts, to put Russia back in its place and to draw a stark line of separation between it and all of Europe to its West. 

Ukraine became a de facto American protectorate. Key ministries were salted with American advisers, including the Ministry of Finance headed by an American citizen dispatched from Washington. A massive program of arming, training and generally reconstituting the Ukraine army was undertaken. (In the years of President Barack Obama, the overseer of the project was Vice President Joe Biden.)

Washington also used its influence to undercut the Minsk II accords wherein Ukraine and Russian signed onto a formula for peaceful resolution of the Donbass issue, supposedly underwritten by Germany and France, and endorsed by the U.N. Security Council.

We now know from candid public testimony that Kiev, Berlin and Paris had no intention from the outset of implementing it. Rather, it was a device to buy time for strengthening Ukraine to the point where it could retake the “lost” territories by inflicting a military defeat on Russia. 

[Related: SCOTT RITTER: Merkel Reveals West’s Duplicity]

Preparations were made by the Biden administration to heighten tensions to the point where an armed conflict was inescapable. The sporadic shelling of the Donbass (where 14,000 civilians were killed between 2015 and 2020, according to an official estimate by a U.N. commission) was increased several-fold, Ukrainian army units assembled en masse along the demarcated boundary. Russia preempted. The rest is history. 

(All of the above recitation is a matter of public record and documented.)

Where Are We Now? 

Here, inference takes precedence. 

The Biden administration has committed itself to escalation by the deployment of previously precluded heavy weapons systems. It has strong-armed its Western European allies to provide armaments, too. Why? The people driving policy in Washington cannot stomach the prospect of a defeat.  

That is to say, a Russian crushing of the Ukrainian army, its incorporation of the claimed four provinces and the fatuous Western narrative shown to be little more than a string of lies. Too much in the way of prestige, money and political capital has been invested for that outcome to be tolerated. 

Moreover, just as Ukraine has been used cynically as an instrument for bringing Russia to its knees, so is the denaturing of Russia as a power seen as integral to the global confrontation with China that dominates all strategic thinking.

The option of working out terms of co-existence and non-coercive competition with China has been rejected outright. America’s nearly entire political class is determined to reinforce the country’s global hegemony and is girding itself to do so. The rest of the country has yet to be informed, and it is too distracted to bother paying attention to the self-evident signs of what’s afoot.

The strategic program was laid out in . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Michael Brenner is a professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. mbren@pitt.edu

Ukraine, 2-3-23

First today, links to reports from Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Tass, and National Public Radio; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. See also commentary from last week by a Consortium News contributor HERE. — MCM

   

Air raid sirens sound in Kyiv during visit by European leaders, by Tom Balmforth and Dan Peleschuk | Reuters * EU leaders to convene talks with Zelenskiy in Kyiv * EU offers more military, financial, political support * Zelenskiy stresses unity to defend Ukraine against Russia | KYIV — Air raid alerts sounded across Ukraine today as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hosted European Union leaders to discuss further sanctions on Russia and Ukraine’s prospects of joining the European bloc. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was hosting EU chairman Charles Michel and the bloc’s chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, ahead of . . . READ MORE . . .

   

U.S. to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround, by Tara Copp, Matthew Lee and Lolita C. Baldor | AP  WASHINGTON — After months of agonizing, the U.S has agreed to send longer-range bombs to Ukraine as it prepares to launch a spring offensive to retake territory Russia captured last year, U.S. officials said Thursday, confirming that the new weapons will have roughly . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Germany authorizes manufacturers to send Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. From AFP. Germany said today it has issued authorisation for Leopard 1 tanks to be sent to Ukraine, in a further boost for Kyiv as it seeks heavier weapons to counter Moscow’s forces. Berlin has already . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russian forces strike two Ukrainian army brigades in Zaporozhye area, top brass reports. From Tass. MOSCOW — Russian forces struck two Ukrainian army brigades in the Zaporozhye area over the past day during the special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said Friday. Enemy’s losses in that area in the past 24 hours totaled “over 20 Ukrainian personnel, a U.S.-made M777 artillery system, two D-20 howitzers and a D-30 howitzer,” he . . . READ MORE . . .

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Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones, by Samya Kullab | AP  BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukraine needs more support even though Russia has fought poorly, Polish diplomat says. Steve Inskeep of NPR talks with Polish Ambassador to the U.S. Marek Magierowski about Poland’s support of Ukraine, and its call for more military aid in the war against Russia. Click HERE to listen and, later, read.

   

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