Putin’s Prison Recruiting Scheme Takes a Big, Desperate Turn
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyABUJA, Nigeria—Russia’s infamous Wagner Group is freeing hardened rebels held in jail cells in the Central African Republic and deploying them overseas, including in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, two senior military officers in CAR told The Daily Beast.According to the sources in CAR, where armed rebels have controlled large parts of the country for about a decade, dozens of men held in military and police custody for crimes such as rnews.yahoo.com
Russian energy giant says no further gas cuts to Moldova
Russian energy giant Gazprom announced Monday that it will not further reduce natural gas to Moldova as it had threatened to do after claiming that bills went unpaid and that flows crossing through Ukraine were not making it to Moldova.
Russia’s Secret Recruits Allegedly Abandoned, Starving, and Missing in Action
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/GettyABUJA, Nigeria—Russia’s infamous Wagner Group has abandoned dozens of former Central African Republic (CAR) rebels in Ukraine’s Donbas region after recruiting them to fight Vladimir Putin’s war, two former CAR fighters told The Daily Beast.The CAR sources, who were recruited by Wagner after quitting the Union for Peace (UPC) rebel group last December, said that many of the about 100 ex-UPC fighters currently in Ukraine have lost contact witnews.yahoo.com
Photos: Ukraine supporters rally against Russian invasion
Ninety years after a Soviet-caused famine killed millions of Ukrainians, demonstrators gathered in Chicago on Saturday to call attention to that tragedy and rally in support of Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion.chicagotribune.com
Putin claims Russia "sincerely" hoped for reunification of Donbas with Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia should have annexed part of Donbas earlier, but it allegedly hoped that Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts would be able to reunite with Ukraine. Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlet TASS, citing Putin during a meeting with "mothers of Russian military" Quote: "As for 2014, of course, in retrospect, we are all smart, but we assumed that it might be possible to reach an agreement, and Luhansk and Donetsk would somehow be able to reunite with Ukraine withinews.yahoo.com
US stopped Poland giving Ukraine MiG-29 jets in secret deal with China – media reports
The United States scuppered a deal for Poland to provide Ukraine with Soviet-made MiG-29 jets back in March due to a back-channel intervention by Beijing, UK journalist Owen Matthews wrote in The Spectator news magazine on Nov. 26, referring to Chinese sources.news.yahoo.com
Belarus’ Lukashenko has made decision to invade Ukraine under certain conditions, expert says
Self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has already decided to invade Ukraine once certain conditions are met, founder of the Association of Security Forces of Belarus, also known as BYPOL, Alexander Azarov said in an interview with NV Radio on Nov. 24.news.yahoo.com
In wake of defeats, purges of Russian army officers have started, General Staff
Purges of Russian army officers and commanders, in particular of heads of logistics departments, have been started, Deputy Chief of the Ukraine's General Staff, Oleksiy Hromov reported at a briefing on Nov. 24.news.yahoo.com
US aid to Ukraine puts pressure on Pentagon's arms stockpile
The intense firefight over Ukraine has the Pentagon rethinking its weapons stockpiles. It’s a question confronting Pentagon planners, not only as they aim to supply Ukraine for a war with Russia that could stretch years longer, but also as they look ahead to a potential conflict with China. Ukraine is answering with as many as 7,000 rounds a day, firing 155 mm howitzer rounds, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and now NASAMS air defense munitions, and thousands of rounds of small arms fire.news.yahoo.com
Chief of Wagner Group hands over "blood-stained" sledgehammer to EU Parliament
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Chief of the Wagner Group [a Russian private military company, loyal to the government - ed.], has proposed to hand over a sledgehammer with fake blood stains to the European Parliament in response to a possible recognition of his group as a terrorist organisation.news.yahoo.com
Security forces prepare to protect Putin from possible coup, says the Insider
Recent exercises in Moscow by the Federal Protective Service (FSO), in which armed officers were said to be practicing responding to terrorist threats, were actually held to practice responding to a possible coup d’état, opposition Russian publication the Insider has said.news.yahoo.com
Quote Box: Reaction to UN climate meet deal on disaster fund
Reaction as delegates at the United Nations climate summit in Egypt officially approved a deal on a fund for developing countries vulnerable to climate change made worse by polluting developed nations at a plenary session early Sundaywashingtonpost.com
Interceptions show invaders near Kreminna believe they are fighting entire world
The Russian military still can’t believe that their army is suffering such huge losses in battles with the Ukrainian military alone, and they are sure that in fact the whole world is fighting against them, phone intercepts by Ukrainian intelligence show.news.yahoo.com
World marks Armistice Day as Russia's war in Ukraine rages
Nations across the world pay respect with solemn ceremonies for their fallen soldiers in World War I and ever since on an Armistice Day pierced by the rumblings of Russia's war in Ukraine that showed again that peace is all too often elusive.
EU pledges $250m to Moldova to tackle acute energy crisis
European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has paid an official visit to Moldova and announced a 250 million-euro (-dollar) support package to help the small nation overcome an acute winter energy crisis amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
US economy returned to growth last quarter, expanding 2.6%
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate from July through September, snapping two straight quarters of contraction and overcoming high inflation and interest rates just as voting begins in midterm elections in which the economy’s health has emerged as a paramount issue.
Iodine pills in short supply after Finland updates guideline
Many pharmacies in Finland have run out of iodine tablets a day after the Nordic country’s health ministry recommended that households purchase a single dose in a case of radiation hazard emergency amid increasing fears of a nuclear incident due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Putin hosts United Arab Emirates leader for economic talks
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed a recent decision by OPEC, Russia and other oil producing nations to limit production as key to stabilizing the global energy market, as he met the leader of the United Arab Emirates for talks on fostering economic ties.
By boat and jet ski, volunteers assist in Ian rescue efforts
As authorities in Florida try to reach people who have been trapped by floodwaters or isolated on barrier islands since Hurricane Ian came ashore last week, concerned members of the public have been springing into action to aid the official rescue efforts.