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Russian Soldier Perspective on Moscow’s Conflict in Ukraine

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Pavel Filatyev, a Russian soldier, is among the most outspoken veterans of the battle, detailing what he calls the Russian navy’s failings in Ukraine in interviews and a 141-page written account revealed on-line.

Pavel Filatyev, a Russian soldier

Pavel Filatyev was aware of the implications of his words. The former paratrooper was aware that by facing prison, his former allies would label him a traitor and avoid him. His mother had advised him to leave Russia as soon as he could

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The tactical marks painted on Russian army vehicles that have become a battle emblem in Russia are the inspiration for the title of his biography, ZOV. There hasn’t been a more thorough, voluntarily submitted testimony from a Russian soldier who took part in the invasion of Ukraine up to this point.

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The Perspective of the War – Russia Soldier Gone Wild

Extracts from the book were published in the independent Russian press, and this war Russian soldier appeared on TV Rain via video for a live interview. Filatyev, whose father was a member of the 56th Guards air assault regiment headquartered in Crimea, explained how his worn-out and underequipped battalion had no clear logistics or objectives and had no clue why the conflict was even happening.

As the fighting continued on, Filatyev remembers his battalion being trapped in trenches for about a month close to Mykolaiv while being shelled by Ukrainian artillery. There, a shell shot muck into his eye, causing an infection that almost caused him to lose his sight. The Russian Soldier has termed the Moscow’s war in Ukraine as atrocious and unfair.

He wrote of stories of troops who allegedly shot themselves in the head in an effort to flee the front and get 3 million roubles (£40,542) in compensation, as well as rumors of acts of mutilation against captured soldiers and bodies, as discontent on the front rose. The book exposes the core rot that is within the uninformed war as described by the war Russian soldier.

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Mr. Filatyev, describing Moscow’s war in Ukraine claimed that the circumstances stunned him. He said that for months, no weapon or complete battle equipment, sleeping bag, or tourniquet were ever given to him. He said that soldiers would routinely converge for cold weather drills that were more akin to herding sheep than actual training.

Untidy uniforms were provided to new recruits. The cuisine in the mess hall was mediocre, and the showers frequently broke. Basics like butter, bread, and tea frequently ran out. Soup was presented as undercooked potatoes in water.

The soldier who was interviewed by the pro-Kremlin blogger claimed that while Russian forces had received good pre-invasion training, their advancement had been hampered by a lack of genuine combat experience. He claimed that troops only got familiar with time.

While Ukrainian countermeasures deployed well behind enemy lines continue to win ground, Russia continues its onslaught in the south and east of Ukraine. The most significant incident is the alleged strike on Russian airplanes this week at a Crimean airstrip.

Contrary to Moscow’s assertions that any aircraft was damaged, satellite photographs show that at least eight Russian jets were damaged or destroyed by explosions that rocked the base on Tuesday.

Concerns about the security of the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region keep growing as Moscow’s war in Ukraine continues. Russia’s arms export business is reportedly under pressure, according to the British Ministry of Defense.

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More Russian Migrants Enter U.S. as Exceptions for Asylum Seekers Expand

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More Russian migrants are traveling through Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S., driven in part by an expanding U.S. government effort to allow more asylum seekers to cross the border legally.

About 12,500 Russians entered the U.S. through ports of entry with Mexico between October, the start of the government’s budget year, and December. Most are expected to ask for asylum once they settle in the U.S., often citing government crackdowns since the start of the war in Ukraine and the mobilization announced in September to draft more troops.

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Ukraine War Makes Unexpected Winner of Turkey’s Erdogan

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ANKARA, Turkey—Russia’s invasion of Ukraine one year ago unleashed global economic turmoil. In Turkey, it has proved an unexpected windfall for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish leader has managed to make himself indispensable to all sides of the conflict, a position that is reaping economic rewards that have helped ease the Turkish state’s financial troubles. The turnaround has bolstered his position ahead of a national election that could cement his position as Turkey’s most powerful ruler in nearly a century.

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Signs of Coming Russian Offensive Mount on Multiple Fronts in Ukraine

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DNIPRO, Ukraine—Russia is regrouping its forces in eastern Ukraine and launching offensives along five lines of attack, Ukraine’s armed forces said on Saturday as officials in Kyiv and Western capitals continue to warn of a major Russian push to gain territory.

The main focus of Russia’s offensive remains the besieged city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, which it is seeking to surround and capture. The Ukrainian military said it had repelled multiple attacks, inflicting significant losses for the Russians.

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Russian Forces Strengthen Positions as Ukraine Braces for New Offensive

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KYIV, Ukraine—Russian forces tightened their grip around the eastern city of Bakhmut on Friday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned his country to prepare for a wider onslaught nearly one year since the start of the war.

After months of failed assaults on Bakhmut, all approaches to the city are within range of Russian artillery, officials in the Russian-installed administration claimed. Russian forces are entrenched on the eastern edge of the city and are seeking to encircle it.

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How a Radioactive Capsule Was Lost and Improbably Found in the Australian Outback

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At Sue Schmidt’s gas station and roadhouse off a remote highway in the Australian Outback, employees usually watch out for snakes when they are walking outside. But this week, they were looking for something else: A tiny capsule of radioactive material that sparked a search along a roughly 900-mile stretch of the road.

The capsule, used in mine equipment, went missing while in transit from a Rio Tinto PLC mine to Perth, Western Australia’s state capital. As the search dragged on over the past week, Ms. Schmidt and her employees grew wary of cleaning up the bottle caps and coins that they usually find outside the roadhouse, fearing that any shiny object could be the capsule that would hit them with a dangerous dose of radiation.

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Fears of Losing Out to China Put U.S. Under Pressure Over Kenya Base

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MOKOWE, Kenya—Kenya is asking the U.S. to pay for the expansion of a joint counterterrorism base, raising concerns in Washington that the East African country could turn to China if the Americans balk, according to U.S. officials. 

The Kenyan military has drawn up plans for a new runway long enough to handle jet fighters at Manda Bay Airfield, a hub for U.S. and Kenyan operations against al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in neighboring Somalia, the U.S. officials said.

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How Gautam Adani Made (and Could Lose) a $147 Billion Fortune

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AHMEDABAD, India—Gautam Adani is ubiquitous in this country.

His name is plastered on roadside billboards and on the airports and shipping docks he operates. His power plants light Mumbai office towers and irrigate rural fields, fueled by coal he imports from mines as far away as Australia. He recently expanded into defense and media.

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Ukraine Braces for Major Russian Offensive

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Russia is preparing to launch a major new offensive against Ukraine in the coming weeks, a top Ukrainian security official said, adding to mounting concerns in Kyiv and the West that the Kremlin is preparing a renewed push to seize large areas of the country.

“Russia is preparing for maximum escalation,” said Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, in an interview with Sky News published online early Wednesday local time. “It is gathering everything possible, doing drills and training.”

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Iran’s Deadly Street Protests Are Replaced by Quiet Acts of Rebellion

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Four months after a nationwide uprising erupted in Iran, a lethal crackdown and an ailing economy have quieted antigovernment street demonstrations.

Students still occasionally gather at universities and high schools, and others shout slogans from city rooftops and balconies. But organized protests have largely tapered off. Those still willing to demonstrate gather in small groups, scattered around Tehran and other cities with little coordination.

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French Workers Mount New Strike Against Macron’s Pension Overhaul

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PARIS—Masses of French workers took to the streets for the second time in two weeks, piling more pressure on President Emmanuel Macron‘s plans to raise France’s retirement age and threatening further walkouts that could grind much of the country to a halt.

Striking teachers and railway, health and oil workers staged marches in dozens of cities as a part of a nationwide day of action called by unions to force the government to back down from its pension overhaul. Train, subway and bus services were severely curtailed, and dozens of flights were canceled. Many schools and nurseries remained closed.

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