The Ruse That Could Dupe Putin Into Another Crushing Ambush

Just weeks after Ukrainian forces liberated the city of Kherson in Ukraine and kicked Russian forces out, major questions remain over which counteroffensive campaign Kyiv will launch next—and where Russia’s next defeat will be as the cold winter weather begins to settle in.Tackling Russian forces in the Zaporizhzhia region could be a logical next step for Ukrainian forces. A win in Zaporizhzhia would help Ukraine cut off Russia’s land bridge to Crimea, the peninsula Vladimir Putin illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014 and has been occupying ever since. Russia’s hold on Crimea is even more vulnerable now that Kherson—a key...
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“An Abyss of Fear and Wild Lawlessness”

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. Signs of the Russian presence linger everywhere in the recently liberated southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. In shops, vendors still sell “Crimea” brand lemonade, made in Russia. Hanging from billboards are exhortations that “Russians and Ukrainians are one people”—old-fashioned propaganda that now seems like grim satire. A smiling grandmother on one billboard extolls Russian social welfare spending as if the matter of accepting occupation were as simple as choosing a toothpaste.

MiG-35 Fulcrum-F Fighter Is Inaccurately Called an Actual 4++ Generation Airframe

The MiG-35 Fulcrum-F is supposed to be a 4++ generation airframe, but is different. It was the statement of Michigan-based writer Mr. Peter Suciu who alleges it was a publicity stunt for Russia. The MiG-35 Fulcrum-F project. Mikoyan Design Bureau, a division of the state-owned United Aircraft Corporation [UAC], devised...
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Putin Says War in Ukraine Not Over, Claims No Additional Soldiers Needed

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he expects a long war in Ukraine, but that he saw "no sense" in mobilizing additional soldiers at this point. Putin told a televised meeting of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council — a loyal group of journalists, activists and public figures — that Russia would continue to "defend ourselves with all the means at our disposal" in Ukraine. He contended that Russia was seen in the West as "a second-class country that has no right to exist at all."
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Russians Install 'Dragon's Teeth' On Fields To 'Strengthen' Defense Against Ukraine

Russia is placing anti-tank obstacles across its border with Ukraine in an apparent attempt to fortify its defenses. Concrete pyramidal structures known as "dragon's teeth," also known as "tank traps," are being installed in the fields of Russia's eastern Kursk region, Ukrainian outlet Pravda reported Wednesday. Dragon's teeth, which get...
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Putin Wants Almost 1 Million Russian Policemen By 2025

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree increasing the number of police officers under his country's Ministry of Internal Affairs to almost 1 million by 2025. The new law laid out a series of increases in Russian police personnel every year until 2025, the Russian division of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

Throwback Thursday: Scouts heat water for showers

These are some highlights from the News Journal on December 8, 1941:. ‘U.S. DECLARES WAR; Hawaiian Casualties 3,000’. “WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted a formal declaration of war against Japan today after the president requested immediate action as an answer to Japan’s ’ unprovoked and dastardly attack’ on Hawaii.

Putin Warns Russians to Prepare for Protracted Ukraine War

As his war in Ukraine dragged into its 10th month, President Vladimir V. Putin warned Russians on Wednesday that the battle would be protracted, but tried to allay the worst fears of an increasingly war-weary population. Mr. Putin’s concession that the war “might be a long process” was a marked...

A Gray Area of Loyalties Splinters a Liberated Ukrainian Town

SVIATOHIRSK, Ukraine — When Myroslava, a 36-year-old construction manager, returned to her hometown of Sviatohirsk in eastern Ukraine last month, she expected to find her house destroyed by shelling. Her house was indeed heavily damaged, but she discovered something else even more disturbing: Her neighbors, who had stayed behind...

Russia Strengthens Defense Lines Near Ukraine Border

The governors of two Russian regions bordering Ukraine have said they inspected the construction of defense lines days after Ukrainian drone struck key military airfields. The governor of the Kursk region, Roman Starovoyt, shared photos of pyramid-shaped concrete blocks that appear to be anti-tank fortifications. His counterpart in the neighboring...