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  • Prigozhin Welcomes Wagner Deserter’s Gruesome Sledgehammer Killing

    Prigozhin Welcomes Wagner Deserter’s Gruesome Sledgehammer Killing

    The Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group’s influential leader has voiced approval for the brutal killing of a recruit who deserted in Ukraine. In footage published over the weekend, the man, who identifies himself as Yevgeny Nuzhin, says he surrendered to Ukrainian troops in early September but was kidnapped from the streets of Kyiv on Friday. The…

  • Russian Atrocities in Kherson Region Same as Other Regions – Zelensky

    Russian Atrocities in Kherson Region Same as Other Regions – Zelensky

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that Ukrainian forces that retook the city of Kherson found evidence of new war crimes by Russian occupiers. “The Russian army left behind the same atrocities as in other regions of our country,” he said in a nightly address. “Investigators have already documented more than 400 war crimes,” the Ukrainian…

  • Russia to Publicize ‘Foreign Agents’ Personal Data

    Russia to Publicize ‘Foreign Agents’ Personal Data

    Russian authorities will start publicizing the personal data of people and groups they have labeled “foreign agents” from next month, according to a government decree published Friday. Russia’s Justice Ministry maintains a registry of nearly 200 “foreign agent” individuals and organizations that authorities say have received foreign funding and engaged in political activities.  Starting Dec.…

  • Kyrgyzstan Sees Struggles, Opportunity in Russian Emigration Wave

    Kyrgyzstan Sees Struggles, Opportunity in Russian Emigration Wave

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Russian entrepreneurs Yulia and Ilya Kuleshov worked hard to transform the large house they rented in the Kyrgyz capital into a center for creative volunteer projects after they relocated from St. Petersburg in the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But, when President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial” mobilization in late…

  • Russia Says U.S. Driving Southeast Asian Militarisation

    Russia Says U.S. Driving Southeast Asian Militarisation

    Russia’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the United States of driving increased militarisation in Southeast Asia, saying that Washington was trying to contain Beijing and Moscow’s influence in the region. Sergei Lavrov was speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh’s airport after attending the East Asia Summit in Cambodia – and before flying to Bali for…

  • UN, Russia grain, fertilizer exports talks end without breakthrough

    UN, Russia grain, fertilizer exports talks end without breakthrough

    United Nations chiefs held talks with Russian officials Friday on the Black Sea agreements on exporting grain and fertilisers, eight days before one of the deals is set to expire. The discussions took place behind closed doors at the UN Palais des Nations headquarters in Geneva and wrapped up mid-afternoon.  “The discussions updated on progress…

  • Russian Ushnoye: Soup or Stew?

    Russian Ushnoye: Soup or Stew?

    Ushnoye is yet another mysterious Russian dish that culinary experts are still arguing about. We decided to be detectives and investigate it through the centuries of Russian cookery. The famous Russian lexicographer Vladimir Dahl defined it this way: “Ushnoye is a meat or actually any kind of broth, stew, or a hot dish made of…

  • ‘The Happiest Day’: Joy in Kherson as Ukrainian Troops Re-Enter City

    ‘The Happiest Day’: Joy in Kherson as Ukrainian Troops Re-Enter City

    Russian troops withdrew from the right bank of the Dnipro River on Friday in a major military defeat for the Kremlin that led to scenes of jubilation in the port city of Kherson, the only Ukrainian regional capital Russia succeeded in occupying in almost nine months of bitter fighting.   Unlike recent Russian retreats in eastern…

  • Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Announces Border Militia Plan

    Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Announces Border Militia Plan

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Friday that his organization had started training civilians in Russian regions bordering Ukraine to form a militia and build fortifications. “Wagner is helping and will keep helping the population in border areas to learn how to build engineering structures, to train and to organize…

  • The New Russian Revolutionary Language

    The New Russian Revolutionary Language

                                                                         This text includes extremely crude language. Прилипалы: hangers-on This year, 2022, must be the most bizarre year in the Russian language…

  • Funeral of Senior Russian-Installed Kherson Official Held in Crimea

    Funeral of Senior Russian-Installed Kherson Official Held in Crimea

    Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Moscow-installed administration in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine, was buried in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Stremousov, 45, died in an apparent car accident near the town of Henichesk on Wednesday, according to local officials.   The funeral ceremony was…

  • In Photos: Life in Kyiv Goes on in Darkness Amid Sweeping Blackouts

    In Photos: Life in Kyiv Goes on in Darkness Amid Sweeping Blackouts

    The Ukrainian capital Kyiv and its outskirts are facing sweeping heating and electricity cuts after weeks of Russian drone and missile strikes that targeted the city’s critical infrastructure. With the city cut off from electricity for 12 hours a day, the once-bustling neighborhoods of the city center fades into darkness once the sun goes down.…

  • Russia Says Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Kherson Completed

    Russia Says Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Kherson Completed

    Russia said Friday it had completed its withdrawal of forces from the southern city of Kherson, two days after Moscow said it had made the “difficult decision” to pull back amid Ukrainian advances. “Today at 5 o’clock in the morning Moscow time, the transfer of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River was…

  • Team Navalny, Investigative Media Launch App to Dodge Russian Ban

    Team Navalny, Investigative Media Launch App to Dodge Russian Ban

    Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has joined four Russian and foreign investigative outlets in launching a smartphone app aimed at bypassing unprecedented restrictions on Russians’ access to independent media. Dubbed “Samizdat” in a nod to the bootleg handwritten publications that were circulated to circumvent Soviet censorship, the app features investigative reports from Team Navalny,…

  • Russia Quietly Inspecting Soviet-Era Bomb Shelters Nationwide – Bloomberg

    Russia Quietly Inspecting Soviet-Era Bomb Shelters Nationwide – Bloomberg

    Russian authorities have quietly launched inspections, repairs and cleanups of bomb shelters nationwide that have laid dormant since the end of the Cold War, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the efforts. The unannounced campaign for state workers to check Soviet-era basement shelters in apartment buildings, schools and government offices alongside other protected…

  • Australia Blames Russian Hackers for Medical Data Theft

    Australia Blames Russian Hackers for Medical Data Theft

    Russian hackers carried out a cyberattack on a major Australian healthcare company that breached the data of 9.7 million people, including the country’s prime minister, police said Friday. The hackers started leaking the data this week after Medibank, the country’s largest health insurer, refused to pay a $9.7 million (Aus$15 million) ransom. Australian Federal Police…

  • Scorched Earth: Ukraine War Takes Heavy Toll on Climate Too

    Scorched Earth: Ukraine War Takes Heavy Toll on Climate Too

    The Ukraine war has shown the heavy toll military conflict takes not just on people but also on the planet, say experts at the UN climate summit in Egypt. From the emissions caused by diesel-powered tanks, fighter jets and missile blasts to urban and forest fires and massive waves of refugees, the conflict has also…

  • U.S. Downgrades Russia from ‘Market Economy’ Status

    U.S. Downgrades Russia from ‘Market Economy’ Status

    The United States has stripped Russia of its classification as a “market economy” and downgraded it to a non-market country, the Commerce Department was quoted as saying Thursday. The move, based on findings of “extensive” government involvement in the Russian economy, could raise tariffs for Russian imports, which are already limited by sanctions and trade…

  • EU Won’t Recognize Russian Passports from Occupied Ukraine

    EU Won’t Recognize Russian Passports from Occupied Ukraine

    The European Union said Thursday it will not recognize Russian passports issued in regions of Ukraine annexed by Moscow. The move — which also covers two Kremlin-controlled areas of Georgia — means Russian travel documents given to residents of those regions cannot be used to get visas or to enter the Schengen zone. “This decision…

  • Ukraine Says Dozens of Villages Recaptured Amid Russian Retreat

    Ukraine Says Dozens of Villages Recaptured Amid Russian Retreat

    Kyiv forces have recaptured over 40 towns and villages in southern Ukraine, President Zelensky said Thursday, as Moscow signaled its army had begun retreating from the strategic city of Kherson. The United States meanwhile announced a new $400 million security assistance package for Kyiv, which will include defense systems and surface-to-air missiles as Ukraine is…

  • Kherson Museum Art Collection Looted Ahead of Russian Retreat

    Kherson Museum Art Collection Looted Ahead of Russian Retreat

    A collection of paintings from the Oleksii Shovkunenko Art Museum in the capital of the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson have been removed and transferred to a museum in Russian-annexed Crimea, according to the museum authorities. The paintings, by renowned artists including Ivan Pokhitonov, Pyotr Sokolov, Leonid Chichkan and Mykhailo Andriienko-Nechytailo, were transported from Kherson…

  • Explainer: Could Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam Be Destroyed in Russia’s Kherson Retreat?

    Explainer: Could Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam Be Destroyed in Russia’s Kherson Retreat?

    The Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine has become the focus of intense speculation as Kyiv’s forces have pushed forward with a counteroffensive in the Kherson region in recent weeks.  And this speculation has only intensified since Russia announced Wednesday that it would withdraw its forces from the right bank of the Dnipro River, abandoning the…

  • Russian Defense Ministry Says Retreat From Kherson Has Begun

    Russian Defense Ministry Says Retreat From Kherson Has Begun

    The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that it had begun to pull its troops back across the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, a day after it announced its troops would withdraw under increasing Ukrainian pressure. “Units of the Russian grouping of troops are maneuvering to readied positions on the left bank of the…

  • Mazda Pulls Out of Russia Joint Venture Over Ukraine War

    Mazda Pulls Out of Russia Joint Venture Over Ukraine War

    Japanese carmaker Mazda said Thursday it is pulling out of its joint venture in Russia because of the war in Ukraine, having ceased operations in the country earlier this year. Mazda stopped shipping parts to Russia in March and ended operations the following month “due to the situation in Ukraine that arose in February 2022,”…

  • Russian Ex-Teacher Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    Russian Ex-Teacher Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    An earlier version of this story said Farber is the first Russian to be jailed for attacking a military enlistment office. This has been corrected. A Russian court has handed down one of the country’s first jail sentences for arson of a military enlistment office amid a string of attacks nationwide sparked by the invasion…

  • First Russian Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    First Russian Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    A Russian court has handed down the country’s first jail sentence for arson of a military enlistment office amid a string of attacks nationwide sparked by the invasion of Ukraine. Around 70 military recruitment centers and government buildings have been attacked across Russia since the country launched its invasion on Feb. 24 and ordered a…

  • Kremlin Loyalists Rally Behind Military as Kherson Withdrawal Set to Begin

    Kremlin Loyalists Rally Behind Military as Kherson Withdrawal Set to Begin

    High-profile Kremlin loyalists voiced support for the military’s decision to withdraw from the strategic southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Wednesday, the latest major reversal for Russia’s embattled offensive in Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered to pull troops out of Kherson and set up defenses on the left bank of the Dnipro River after…

  • Isolated Putin Will Not Go to G20 Summit

    Isolated Putin Will Not Go to G20 Summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been shunned by the West over his offensive in Ukraine, will not travel to Indonesia for the G20 leaders’ summit next week, officials said Thursday. The Kremlin, which has been mired in a protracted conflict in Ukraine and threatened the West with nuclear weapons, will instead send Foreign Minister…

  • Russia Vows to Defend ‘Traditional Values’ Against ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Russia Vows to Defend ‘Traditional Values’ Against ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Russia on Wednesday vowed to defend its “traditional” values against threats from the United States and so-called “gay propaganda” in a document signed by President Vladimir Putin. The presidential decree, setting out official policy and entering force immediately, stresses the importance of “traditional values as the basis of Russian society.” It warns that Moscow must…

  • Russia Orders Retreat from Occupied City of Kherson

    Russia Orders Retreat from Occupied City of Kherson

    Updates with reaction and details.  The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it was withdrawing its forces over the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, abandoning the only Ukrainian regional capital to have been captured since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.  The withdrawal announcement was made by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu…

  • Deputy Head of Russian-Occupied Kherson Region Dies in Car Crash

    Deputy Head of Russian-Occupied Kherson Region Dies in Car Crash

    Updates with reaction and details.  Kirill Stremousov, the vocal deputy head of the Moscow-installed administration in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine was killed Wednesday in an apparent car accident, according to local officials.   Stremousov, known for his strongly anti-Ukrainian rhetoric, died near the town of Henichesk, Russian pro-war blogger Semyon Pegov wrote on Telegram.…

  • Sidelined Putin Associate Viktor Cherkesov Dies at 72

    Sidelined Putin Associate Viktor Cherkesov Dies at 72

    Viktor Cherkesov, a longtime associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin who fell foul of the Kremlin for publicly discussing a rift within Russia’s security elites, has died in St. Petersburg at age 72. Cherkesov’s death, which followed “a severe illness,” was announced late Tuesday by the Rosbalt news website. He is survived by his wife,…

  • ‘Propaganda Show’: Russia Struggles to Integrate Annexed Ukrainian Regions

    ‘Propaganda Show’: Russia Struggles to Integrate Annexed Ukrainian Regions

    Russia has made little progress in absorbing four partially occupied areas of eastern and southern Ukraine that it annexed with great fanfare in September, analysts told The Moscow Times, as intensifying military activity and political challenges hinder integration. Aligning economies and political administrations has been stymied by local resistance, including assassination attempts on Russian-appointed officials. …

  • Uzbek Officials Press EU to Lift Sanctions on Putin Ally Usmanov – FT

    Uzbek Officials Press EU to Lift Sanctions on Putin Ally Usmanov – FT

    Uzbek officials have been using meetings with the European Union to lobby for the lifting of sanctions on Russian-Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov and his sister Gulbakhor Ismailova, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the talks.  The Central Asian country has also signaled readiness to assist the tycoon in his legal action against the…

  • Kremlin Says Ties With U.S. Will Remain ‘Bad’ After Midterm Elections

    Kremlin Says Ties With U.S. Will Remain ‘Bad’ After Midterm Elections

    The Kremlin said Wednesday that Moscow’s ties with Washington were likely to remain at rock bottom regardless of the results of the U.S. midterm elections, with relations at a historic low over the conflict in Ukraine. “These elections won’t have any significant impact,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies,…

  • Russia Flew $140M, Captured Western Arms to Iran for 160 Drones – Reports

    Russia Flew $140M, Captured Western Arms to Iran for 160 Drones – Reports

    Russia secretly flew $141 million in cash and Western weapons seized in Ukraine to Iran this summer in exchange for 166 Iranian drones, Sky News reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed security source from an unidentified country. According to Sky News, two Russian military cargo planes landed at a Tehran airport early on Aug. 20 carrying…

  • EU Sanctions Force Major Russian Crematorium’s Closure

    EU Sanctions Force Major Russian Crematorium’s Closure

    The only crematorium in central Russia’s breadbasket region has been forced to shut down due to EU sanctions levied over the invasion of Ukraine, local media reported Tuesday. The crematorium in the city of Voronezh south of Moscow cannot replace its broken Czech-made cremation oven due to EU restrictions on the export of high-tech goods…

  • U.S. Livid as Basketball Star Griner Said Moved to Russia Penal Colony

    U.S. Livid as Basketball Star Griner Said Moved to Russia Penal Colony

    Russia is moving detained U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to a penal colony, her lawyers said Wednesday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the White House. Griner, convicted for possession of a small quantity of cannabis oil, was transferred out of a detention center on Nov. 4, her legal team said. She “is now on her way…

  • Russian Audiences Held ‘Hostage’ By Mock Ukrainian Soldiers in Pro-War Play

    Russian Audiences Held ‘Hostage’ By Mock Ukrainian Soldiers in Pro-War Play

    Theatergoers south of Moscow were held “hostage” and shot at by actors playing Ukrainian soldiers during an immersive play that glorifies Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, local media reported Tuesday. Opening scenes from the production titled “Polite People” showed actors dressed in Ukrainian military uniforms violently capturing audience members and shooting them with what appeared to…

  • Putin Gives Highest Medal to ‘Warrior Priest’ Killed in Ukraine

    Putin Gives Highest Medal to ‘Warrior Priest’ Killed in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday posthumously awarded the highest state decoration to pro-Kremlin archpriest Mikhail Vasilyev, who died in Ukraine over the weekend. The archpriest had said women should have more children to ease the pain of sending their sons to the military operation in Ukraine. He received the Hero of the Russian Federation medal on…

  • Wagner Mercenary Group Hosts Pro-War Lectures for Schoolchildren

    Wagner Mercenary Group Hosts Pro-War Lectures for Schoolchildren

    The Russian mercenary organization Wagner Group hosted a series of pro-war lectures for schoolchildren in its newly opened headquarters in St. Petersburg, Telegram news channel SOTA reported on Tuesday.  A SOTA video of the event shows a group of bored-looking school children listening to various speeches justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including some delivered via…

  • Dozens of Recently Mobilized Russian Conscripts Surrender in Luhansk

    Dozens of Recently Mobilized Russian Conscripts Surrender in Luhansk

    Dozens of recently mobilized Russian soldiers who surrendered to Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region have been decrying their conditions and lack of training according to unverified video footage circulating on social media. At least 21 soldiers — most of them hailing from Moscow and the surrounding Moscow region — were captured by Ukrainian…

  • German Authorities Seize $5M Art Collection From Oligarch’s Superyacht

    German Authorities Seize $5M Art Collection From Oligarch’s Superyacht

    German police have confiscated 30 paintings owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported Monday.  The collection, whose value is estimated at 5 million euros ($4.9 million), includes works by renowned artists including Marc Chagall. The works had been displayed on Usmanov’s $600 million superyacht, Dilbar, until 2021, when they were…

  • Kremlin Proxies Say Electricity Restored in Ukraine’s Kherson

    Kremlin Proxies Say Electricity Restored in Ukraine’s Kherson

    Kremlin-installed authorities in Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson said Tuesday that power had been fully restored to its main city, after blaming Kyiv for attacks that disrupted water and electricity supplies. Kherson city was the first urban hub to be captured by Russia after Moscow announced its “special military operation” in February and it has suffered outages…

  • Russian Army Endorses Return of Soviet-Era School Military Training – Reports

    Russian Army Endorses Return of Soviet-Era School Military Training – Reports

    Russia’s Defense Ministry supports reinstating Soviet-era basic military training in high schools, pro-Kremlin media reported Tuesday, citing correspondence between lawmakers and army officers. Russia retired the so-called “initial military training” program — which taught teens to respond to a nuclear or chemical attack, provide first aid and handle firearms — in 1993. Several attempts to revive…

  • In Photos: Interactive Exhibition Re-Creates 1941 Red Square Parade

    In Photos: Interactive Exhibition Re-Creates 1941 Red Square Parade

    Thousands of people on Sunday flocked to Red Square for an interactive exhibit re-creating the Soviet Union’s October Revolution Parade of 1941. The parade held 81 years ago took place during the Battle of Moscow against Nazi Germany. Soldiers who marched in the parade went straight to the front lines afterward, and many would be…

  • Russia, U.S. Eye Nuclear Arms Reduction Talks in Coming Weeks – Kommersant

    Russia, U.S. Eye Nuclear Arms Reduction Talks in Coming Weeks – Kommersant

    Russia and the United States are discussing resuming nuclear arms reduction negotiations in the coming weeks in the first face-to-face contact since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing three unnamed sources. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) talks could take place in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, instead of their traditional…

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan Hold U.S. Talks Hours After New Shootout

    Armenia, Azerbaijan Hold U.S. Talks Hours After New Shootout

    Armenia and Azerbaijan held peace talks on Monday, mediated by the United States, just hours after a fresh shootout along their troubled border in a conflict which has left hundreds dead in recent months. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the foreign ministers of the rival nations. “The United States is committed to the…

  • North Korea Dismisses as ‘Groundless’ U.S. Claims of Arms Supplies to Russia: State Media

    North Korea Dismisses as ‘Groundless’ U.S. Claims of Arms Supplies to Russia: State Media

    North Korea said Tuesday that claims by the United States that Pyongyang is supplying artillery ammunition to Moscow for its war in Ukraine were groundless, state media KCNA reported.  The rebuke comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula after a spate of North Korean weapons tests last week — including an intercontinental ballistic missile…

  • Ksenia Sobchak Returns to Russia Amid Extortion Case – State Media

    Ksenia Sobchak Returns to Russia Amid Extortion Case – State Media

    Russian media personality Ksenia Sobchak has returned to Russia days after she fled the country amid police searches of her residence linked to an extortion case, state media reported on Monday. Sobchak, 41, entered Lithuania on an Israeli passport in late October after Russian police raided her villa outside Moscow in connection with an investigation into…

  • Putin-Linked Businessman Admits U.S. Elections ‘Interference’ in Statement

    Putin-Linked Businessman Admits U.S. Elections ‘Interference’ in Statement

    Influential Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is linked to President Vladimir Putin and sanctioned by Washington and European countries, admitted on Monday to interfering in U.S. elections. “Gentlemen, we interfered, we are interfering and we will interfere,” Prigozhin, who has been accused of running a “troll factory” to influence the outcome of votes in several…

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan Report Border Shootout Ahead of Washington Talks

    Armenia, Azerbaijan Report Border Shootout Ahead of Washington Talks

    Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday traded accusations of provoking a shootout along their troubled border, just hours before the arch-foes were to hold U.S.-mediated peace talks. The incident came ahead of a meeting in Washington of Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov for a fresh round of peace talks hosted by…

  • Russian Military Priest Killed in Ukraine After Encouraging Women to Send Sons to War

    Russian Military Priest Killed in Ukraine After Encouraging Women to Send Sons to War

    A Russian priest who encouraged women to have more babies so they would feel less distressed about sending their sons to fight in Ukraine has been killed on the battlefield, the Russian Orthodox Church announced Sunday. Archpriest Mikhail Vasilyev died “while carrying out pastoral duties in the area of the special military operation in Ukraine…

  • Elite Russian Marine Unit Slams Military Leaders for ‘Baffling’ Battle Losses

    Elite Russian Marine Unit Slams Military Leaders for ‘Baffling’ Battle Losses

    An elite Russian naval infantry unit has blasted its superiors’ decision-making after suffering massive losses in what its members called a “baffling” assault on an eastern Ukrainian village, pro-war reporters said Sunday. Russian forces launched an offensive on the Ukrainian garrison in Pavlivka southwest of Donetsk on Nov. 2 to seize control of a key…

  • Ukraine’s Occupied City of Kherson Without Electricity, Water After Strike

    Ukraine’s Occupied City of Kherson Without Electricity, Water After Strike

    Ukraine’s Russian-occupied city of Kherson was cut off from water and electricity supplies Sunday after an air strike and a key dam in the region was also damaged, local officials said. It is the first time that Kherson — which fell to Moscow’s forces within days of their February offensive — has seen such a…

  • No Electricity, Water in Kherson after Kyiv Strike: Moscow-Installed Authorities

    No Electricity, Water in Kherson after Kyiv Strike: Moscow-Installed Authorities

    Ukraine’s Moscow-occupied southern city of Kherson was cut off from electricity and water supplies after a Kyiv strike on nearby power lines, Russian-installed authorities said Sunday. “In Kherson and a number of other areas in the region, there is temporarily no electricity or water supply,” the city’s Moscow-installed administration said on Telegram.  It said it…

  • Kakhovka Dam in Moscow-Occupied Ukraine ‘Damaged’ by Kyiv Strike – Russian Agencies

    Kakhovka Dam in Moscow-Occupied Ukraine ‘Damaged’ by Kyiv Strike – Russian Agencies

    Emergency services in Moscow-occupied Ukraine said Sunday the key Kakhovka dam in the Russian-controlled region of Kherson was “damaged” by a Ukrainian strike, Russian news agencies reported. “Today at 10:00 there was a hit of six HIMARS rockets. Air defense units shot down five missiles, one hit a lock of the Kakhovka dam, which was…

  • Moscow Forces Reinstate Lenin Statue in Ukrainian City

    Moscow Forces Reinstate Lenin Statue in Ukrainian City

    Moscow’s occupying authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol said Saturday they had brought back a statue of Lenin, seven years after it was taken down following Kyiv’s pro-EU revolution. The Moscow-installed head of the Zaporizhzhia region, Vladimir Rogov, posted a photograph of workers in the city reinstating the tribute to the Bolshevik leader.…

  • Iran Admits Sending Russia Drones

    Iran Admits Sending Russia Drones

    Iran admitted for the first time on Saturday that it has sent drones to Russia, but insisted they were supplied to its ally before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We supplied Russia with a limited number of drones months before the war in Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, quoted by the official news agency…

  • Fire Kills 15 at Bar in Russian city of Kostroma

    Fire Kills 15 at Bar in Russian city of Kostroma

    A fire Saturday killed at least 15 people at a bar in the Russian city of Kostroma, Russian news agencies reported.  The night-time fire at the popular bar could have been started after a drunk man fired a “flare gun” on the dance floor, the TASS news agency reported.  State television showed images of the…

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