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Russia is recycling its threats as the US keeps sending Ukraine billions in military aid, warning longer-range weapons would cross a line


  • Russia is again recycling its threats, warning the US against sending long-range missiles to Ukraine.
  • It is again warning that the US would be crossing a "red line" if it supplied the weapons.
  • The US has provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in military assistance throughout Russia's war.

Russia is recycling its threats and once again warning the United States against sending longer-range weaponry to Ukraine. Moscow warned the Biden administration this week that it would cross a "red line" if it supplied the Ukrainians with missiles able to strike distant targets. "If Washington decides to supply longer-range missiles to Kyiv, then it will be crossing a red line and will become a direct party to the conflict," Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday, according to Reuters.


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What now for Putin? After Russian retreat, the Kremlin has few good options


His military is on the retreat, his rivals are increasingly bullish, and even his supporters are voicing rare unease: Russian President Vladimir Putin may be in his weakest position since he launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than 200 days ago. In Washington, Europe and even Moscow, the question now is what Putin might be planning to regain an initiative that seems to be slipping away from him with every new battlefield update. Could the Kremlin order full military mobilization, press harder in its energy war or even countenance a drastic move like a tactical nuclear strike? Western officials and military analysts agreed that Putin appears to have few good options available.

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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now


Ukrainian authorities exhumed more of the dead on Saturday from a burial site by a cemetery in the town of Izium, where officials say hundreds are buried in territory recaptured from Russian forces.There was no immediate public comment from Russia, which denies deliberately attacking civilians. The head of the pro-Russian administration which abandoned the area last week on Friday accused Ukrainians of staging atrocities.

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* Up to 30 emergency service officers carefully dug up bodies at the wooded burial site in Izium using shovels. Police experts and investigators documented the findings on camera and inspected the bodies. Some bodies found so far have been of Ukrainian soldiers, others civilians.


* Oleksandr Ilienkov, the chief of the prosecutor’s office for the Kharkiv region, told Reuters at the site on Friday: "One of the bodies (found) has evidence of a ligature pattern and a rope around the neck, tied hands."

* "As for the others, according to preliminary information, there are signs of violent death causes. But in order to establish facts and circumstances, the bodies are (being) sent for forensic expertise for a more detailed investigation," Ilienkov said.


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Ukraine President Zelenskyy promises no 'lull' in taking back towns from Russia


Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised his country there would be no letup in the counteroffensive that has reclaimed towns and cities from Russian troops, as shelling continued Sunday across a wide stretch of Ukraine. Zelenskyy ran through a list of towns that Ukraine has taken back in its lightning push across the northeast. "Maybe now it seems to some of you that after a series of victories we have a certain lull," he said in his nightly video address. "But this is not a lull. This is preparation for the next series...Because Ukraine must be free — all of it. "Ukraine’s military command said its forces secured the eastern bank of the Oskil River on Saturday. The river, which flows south from Russia into Ukraine, had been a natural break in the newly emerged front lines since Kyiv's counter offensive began.

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Russia Can't Even Think of Advancing in Ukraine Anymore, Commander Says


Alexander Khodakovsky, a Kremlin-backed commander and former political leader in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine, suggested Monday that the Ukrainians' successful counteroffensive in Kharkiv last week has left Russia's troops unable to advance. In a post on his Telegram channel, Khodakovsky, a commander for the pro-Russian Vostok Battalion, said Ukraine continues transferring its soldiers and equipment in preparation for additional offensives in such a way that prevents Russian President Vladimir Putin's troops from even considering advancing themselves. "The past week passed without significant changes on the front line, but the relative stability should not mislead anyone," Khodakovsky wrote. "The enemy is preparing, transferring forces and equipment, and accumulating resources."

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White House rejects ‘sham referendums’ in occupied Ukraine – US politics live


Biden called on Republicans to join congressional Democrats to sign the act, which would require the disclosure of individual donations of $10,000 and above during an election cycle, and ban foreign money outright:

A conservative activist who spent decades working to put enough conservative justices on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade now has access to $1.6bn in dark money to do more damage and, from our perspective, restrict more freedoms.
Dark money erodes public trust. Republicans should join Democrats to pass the Disclose Act and to get it on my desk right away.
Dark money has become so common in our politics, I believe sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Biden said Republicans had so far shown little interest in “more openness and accountability” other than “Republican governors and state legislatures in Tennessee and Wyoming that have passed disclosure laws”:

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Putin's next move will be martial law and military mobilization. I doubt it will do him much good.

There's talk of a coup too. Meanwhile Ukraine has a large swath of Russian soldiers trapped a few miles from Kherson. Quite an offensive they put up. Those HIMARS are something!
 

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Russia Modifies Kalashnikov Weapon to Speed up Firing - RIA


Russia has modified the Kalashnikov AK-12 weapon its forces use in Ukraine to speed up firing and give soldiers more control over firing modes, RIA state news agency reported early on Wednesday, citing the weapon maker's president.The AK-12 version, which entered service in 2018, will have its two-round burst cut-off disabled and will have a two-way control of firing modes, as well as an adjustable cheek rest, Kalashnikov Concern's President Alan Lushnikov told RIA.

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Ukraine Vows to 'Destroy' All Russian Fighters, Including Involuntary Units


The commander in chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine vowed Wednesday to destroy all Russians who cross its borders with weapons, regardless of whether they joined the war by choice or force. A Twitter thread posted by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine but attributed to Valery Zaluzhny stressed Ukraine's commitment to continuing to defend its territory against Russian aggression. "Hundreds of thousands of men and women protect their native land, their homes, their children and the future of Ukraine," one tweet said. Zaluzhny noted a partial mobilization in Russia that was announced Wednesday, but said that no statements from Russia's military or political leaders would "affect our willingness to fight for our freedom."

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Ukraine War Comes Home to Russians as Putin Imposes Draft


A day after President Vladimir V. Putin announced a call-up that could sweep 300,000 civilians into military service, thousands of Russians across the country received draft papers on Thursday and some were being marched to buses and planes for training — and perhaps soon a trip to the front lines in Ukraine. Mr. Putin’s escalation of the war effort was reverberating across the country, according to interviews, Russian news reports and social media posts. As the day wore on, it became increasingly clear that Mr. Putin’s decision had torn open the cocoon shielding much of Russian society from their leader’s invasion of a neighbor. Mothers, wives and children were saying tearful goodbyes in remote regions as officials — in some cases, ordinary schoolteachers — delivered draft notices to houses and apartment blocks. In mountainous eastern Siberia, the Russian news media reported, school buses were being commandeered to move troops to training grounds.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Europe urged to accept Russians fleeing military draft as border crossings surge – live


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Border crossings from Russia to Finland have doubled and queue to enter Georgia reported to be 10km long.

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Russian policemen detain a person taking part in an unauthorised protest against Russia's partial military mobilisation due to the conflict in Ukraine, in downtown Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA
Russian policemen detain a person taking part in an unauthorised protest against Russia's partial military mobilisation due to the conflict in Ukraine, in downtown Moscow.

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A Ukrainian aid worker said he does not fear a nuclear attack because it would cause “political destruction” for Russia but said the damage already inflicted by the war was already akin to a nuclear strike. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, accused the west of “nuclear blackmail” on Wednesday and warned “it’s not a bluff” as he vowed to use weapons of mass destruction to protect his country.
Dimko Zhluktenko, an aid worker based in Lviv, western Ukraine, said he did not believe there would be a nuclear strike as such a move would have no strategic advantage for Russian forces. “Even if it were to happen, it wouldn’t have a massive effect,” the 23-year-old told the PA news agency. “If they do a tactical nuke strike, that will be pure terrorism and that will lead to the absolute destruction of Russia.
“It wouldn’t grant any strategic advantage to Russian forces because they wouldn’t be able to advance to capture new territories. “And at the same time, politically they would be destroyed because they would most likely get strikes back and face total isolation from other nations.”


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Thousands of Hasidic Jews defy travel warnings by making New Year pilgrimage to war-torn Ukraine


  • Hasidic Jews make an annual pilgrimage to Uman, a central Ukrainian city, during Rosh Hashanah.
  • This year, thousands are traveling to Uman despite warnings not to, The New York Times reported.
  • They will worship at the grave-side of the revered 19th century rabbi, Nachman of Breslov.
Thousands of Hasidic Jews are defying travel warnings by heading to war-torn Ukraine for an annual pilgrimage, according to The New York Times. The pilgrims are traveling from Israel, the US, and other countries to Uman, a central Ukrainian city that features the burial site of the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, the paper reported. Since 1811, ultra-orthodox Jews have traveled to Uman around the time of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year 5783), which starts at sundown on Sunday, to pray at the grave of the revered rabbi, Nachman of Breslov. In usual years, tens of thousands go. This year, fewer are expected to make the trip, but some 4,000 Israeli pilgrims have already arrived, according to estimates by a spokesperson for Israeli's foreign ministry, per The Times. This number is likely to rise to 5,000 or more, the spokesperson said, according to the paper.



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Hasidic Jews pray in Uman, Ukraine


An armed police officer stays in guard as Hasidic Jewish pilgrims walk after praying at the grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman, Ukraine.
 

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Russia Says U.S. Approaching 'Dangerous Line' Amid Nuclear Warnings


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov recently warned the U.S. against bringing tensions with Russia "closer to a dangerous line" following key Biden administration officials warning Moscow against the use of nuclear weapons. The potential of Russia using nuclear weapons became a global concern when President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24. After seven months of fighting, Ukraine's stronger-than-expected defense has prevented Putin's military from accomplishing any of its major goals in the conflict. Amid mounting losses, last Wednesday, Putin announced a partial mobilization in an effort to recruit about 300,000 reservist troops. His announcement renewed worries that he could resort to nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Over the weekend, U.S. officials warned Russia against using nuclear weapons.

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If Russia Decides To Continue Its Invasion Of Ukraine, NATO Will Increase Number Of Forces In Allied Countries, Military Assistance To Ukraine - White House


This is stated in a statement by the White House following a telephone conversation between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian News Agency reports. It is noted that the presidents discussed the importance of result-oriented pragmatic diplomacy. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in the course of our phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of the United States, Joe Biden, said that the United States will discuss Russia’s initiatives on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) only within the de-escalation process.

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Putin seen as more dangerous as Russia-Ukraine war turns sour


Russian President Vladimir Putin is becoming more dangerous and desperate as he faces growing pressure at home over the flailing war effort in Ukraine, observers of the conflict and Moscow say. Putin in the last week has renewed his threats of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine and moved to annex territories from Ukraine, while arguing attacks on that territory would amount to an attack on Russia. His government is also suspected in leaks to a pipeline under the Baltic Sea that carries fuel to Europe, although the gas flow was earlier suspended. The new threats come after a mobilization effort of 300,000 reservists in Russia, announced in response to criticism of Putin’s war effort, received blowback across the country. Images of lines of cars seeking to get across the border into neighboring states have circulated, underscoring internal tensions over the war. The Biden administration and U.S. allies have reacted forcefully, warning that the use of nuclear weapons would lead to serious consequences.

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Russia plans to illegally annex lands it invaded, even as its military falters.


The Kremlin announced that it would hold a ceremony on Friday to begin absorbing four Ukrainian territories, pressing ahead with a widely condemned annexation effort even as Ukrainian forces gain ground in some of those areas. President Vladimir V. Putin will deliver a “voluminous” speech, his spokesman said on Thursday, seeking to ignore his military’s struggles in Ukraine, rising domestic dissent and worldwide denunciations of referendums in the occupied regions, where some were made to vote at gunpoint. Even though Russia has failed to fully control the four territories it seeks to annex despite months of bloody fighting, the Kremlin was preparing a show designed to present a sheen of legitimacy to its illegal takeover. The authorities in Moscow put up billboards and a giant video screen in Red Square and announced road closures for Friday. State media described it as preparations for a rally and concert “in support of the outcome of the referendums.”The annexation move has been greeted with international condemnation, and Ukraine has essentially ignored the Kremlin’s plans. Russian officials have spoken of defending their claims to the annexed territory by any means, a hint at the potential use of nuclear weapons.

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