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Live Twitter updates from Russia’s massive Ukraine invasion

“As Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight announced a special “special military operation” and reportedly launched a major attack on neighboring Ukraine, President Joe Biden responded that the Russian government would be held accountable for “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”

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NY Times op-ed warns that 'fantasies of regime change' can lead to war with Russia

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an op-ed warning that the United States risks war with Russia if it continues to pursue an expansive strategy in Ukraine.

"Nuclear weapons are discussed in easy tones, not least on Russian television. The risk of cities being reduced to corium remains low without NATO deployment in Ukraine, but accident and miscalculation cannot be discounted," wrote Tom Stevenson.

The op-ed, titled "America and Its Allies Want to Bleed Russia. They Really Shouldn’t," cautions that while America's initial actions to provide support to Ukraine, American leaders' willingness to speak in increasingly bold terms about regime change in Russia and "draining" the country poses a risk to American security.

"By expanding support to Ukraine across the board and shelving any diplomatic effort to stop the fighting, the United States and its allies have greatly increased the danger of an even larger conflict," Stevenson wrote.

"They are taking a risk far out of step with any realistic strategic gain," he added.

"The war was dangerous and destructive enough in its initial form. The combination of expanded strategic aims and scotched negotiations has made it more dangerous still. At present, the only message to Russia is: There is no way out."
 

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  • Updated 12:22 a.m. ET, May 14, 2022
  • Live Updates: Russia's war in Ukraine
  • ''Ukrainian forces continue to press on with a counteroffensive in the northeastern region of Kharkiv after satellite imagery showed at least three key bridges in the area were demolished. The pullback of Russian forces from areas around Ukraine’s second largest city has revealed new evidence of atrocities.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky say Ukraine has retaken six settlements from Russian forces since Friday, and 1,015 overall since the start of the conflict in February.
  • Meanwhile in the east, Russians are adding combat power to their drive to take the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Ukrainians are continuing to push back a Russian advance across the Siverskyi Donets River near Bilohorivka.
  • Ukraine's first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier opens in Kyiv, with the 21-year-old accused of shooting dead an unarmed civilian in the Sumy region.
  • The Kremlin says it will be "forced to take retaliatory steps" if Finland goes forward with joining NATO. The Finnish government plans to issue a second white paper on Sunday proposing the country join the US-led military alliance.''

''KRAKOW, Poland — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia faced fresh setbacks Friday over the Ukraine invasion, as Sweden became the second neutral country in two days to move toward joining NATO and the West devised ways to reroute Ukrainian grain past a Russian naval blockade.

New signs of a Russian military retreat near Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, also added to Mr. Putin’s challenges, appearing to subvert or at least delay the Kremlin’s goal of encircling Ukrainian forces concentrated in eastern Ukraine.

But for Mr. Putin, the biggest vexation may have been the most personal: Britain slapped sanctions on his ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, on a former Olympic gymnast long rumored to be his girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and on three cousins: Igor, Mikhail and Roman Putin.
“We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vise on his inner circle,” Britain’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said.''
 

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Lengthy article, rbbm.
''The decades-long spy conflict between Russia and the West is intensifying over the Ukraine war. But what are Russia's intelligence services suspected of doing and how will their officials' expulsion from capitals affect Putin's clandestine overseas operations?
When Russia first targeted its military forces on Ukraine in 2014 it also unleashed its intelligence services on the West - from interfering with the US elections using cyber attacks to poisonings and sabotage in Europe.
But in recent months the spy war has intensified as Western countries have sought to hit back and inflict lasting damage on the ability of Russian intelligence to carry out covert operations. This is symbolised by the unprecedented expulsion of 500 Russian officials from Western capitals.
Formally, these officials are described as diplomats, but the majority are believed to be undercover intelligence officers. Some will have been carrying out traditional espionage - cultivating contacts and recruiting agents who can pass on secrets - something Western countries do inside Russia too.
But some were believed to be carrying out what Russians call "active measures". These range from spreading propaganda, to more aggressive covert activity. Poland said the 45 Russians it expelled were involved in actions to "undermine the stability" of the country.''


''Since 2014, Western intelligence agencies have been working to identify Russian spies involved in such activities. One of those is GRU Unit 29155 of Russian military intelligence, which is believed to be tasked with sabotage, subversion and assassination.

It took nearly seven years for find out the unit were behind a huge explosion that tore apart an ammunition depot in a Czech forest in October 2014. They included some of those later involved in the UK's Salisbury poisonings of 2018.
The same team also tried to poison an arms dealer in Bulgaria who had stored weapons in the Czech depot - one theory was that the blast and poisoning was linked to his supply of weapons for Ukraine where the conflict had just begun.

Members of that unit were also involved in getting pro-Russian leaders out of Ukraine in 2014. It remains closely watched by Western intelligence''

''But man-marking individual spies is expensive work. While Western spies in Russia have long been subject to round-the-clock surveillance, their Russian counterparts in Western capitals have not.
"The larger the presence is, the more difficult it is to keep a lid on exactly what they are up to," one US official told the BBC.
But this may now be changing. Western officials say the recent expulsions are more than a symbolic gesture of protest but part of the wider push to degrade Russia's capacity to do harm. Some spy-catchers also say the mass expulsion is long overdue. The Russians have been laughing at us for our tolerance of their presence, says one official.''

''But Western intelligence officials say they have concerns that the kind of sabotage operation seen in the Czech Republic in 2014 could be attempted in Poland given its key role as a staging post for supplies going into Ukraine.

These type of clandestine operations are often carried out by Russians who travel in and out of a country rather than diplomats.''
 

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But for Mr. Putin, the biggest vexation may have been the most personal: Britain slapped sanctions on his ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, on a former Olympic gymnast long rumored to be his girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and on three cousins: Igor, Mikhail and Roman Putin.
“We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vise on his inner circle,” Britain’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said.''

Just jumping off your post of this news above, @dotr.

I'm not sure I understand why the West is placing sanctions on Putin's ex-wife and cousins.
 

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Interesting choice of words regarding Turkey's decision not to support Finland and Sweden joining NATO. The Nexta report uses the term that Turkey "sabatoges" effort, I would like to see more objective reporting on this to fully understand the Turkish government's decision. Will look it up.
Considering the conflicts in the past between Russia and both Finland and Sweden, I can see why that language was used. In a nutshell of an article, which I'm sure could use some fleshing out for better accuracy...historically Finland and Sweden don't trust Russia.


Considering Turkey welcomed NATO's armaments because they themselves were in an uncomfortable spot with the threat of possible Russian aggression, it's makes me wondered why they would "sabotage" two very scared countries hearing more and more aggressive talk from Russia themselves and watching them invade their neighbor Ukraine...killing, raping, destroying.

After the Soviet Union disolved Turkey's President and Putin got quite chummy and came to admire each other.


That gives me pause and a hummmm?
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Eurovision 2022: Ukraine sweeps to victory on wave of public support​

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday with their entry Stefania, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country’s president.

Sung in Ukrainian, the winning song fused rap with traditional folk music and was a tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

The bookmakers had made Kalush Orchestra the clear favourite for the annual contest, which normally draws a television audience of close to 200 million, based in part on popular sympathy for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in February.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy was quick to offer his congratulations.

“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host the Eurovision song contest,” he said in an online message.

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"The victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine!,” Psiuk from the band told a news conference, speaking through an interpreter.

It is the third time that Ukraine has won the annual competition and he said the song, featuring traditional flutes and breakdancing in a classic Eurovision mixture of styles, was a contender even before the conflict began.

The band’s frontman made a plea for the city of Mariupol and its Azovstal plant at the end of their live performance.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal right now,” Psiuk shouted in English from the front of the stage.

Speaking after the event, Psiuk said he and the band would head back to Ukraine in two days and were not sure what the future held.

“It’s hard to say what exactly I am going to do because this is the first time I win the Eurovision Song Contest but anyway like every Ukrainian we are ready to fight as much as we can and go until the end,” he said.

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the contest, said no action would be taken against the band for using the stage to make a statement.

“We understand the deep feelings around Ukraine at this moment and believe the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists expressing support for the Ukrainian people to be humanitarian rather than political in nature,” the EBU said.

 

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AP PHOTOS: 10 weeks in Ukraine, making images hard to forget

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The bodies of Russian soldiers, some horribly disfigured. Relatives weeping over the dead, some killed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And always, the thousands of Ukrainians fleeing horrific destruction as their cities and villages came under...

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A neighbor walks on the debris of a burning house, destroyed after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A man rides his bike past flames and smoke rising from a fire following a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A man stands atop a destroyed bridge in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at a house after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A man salvages items from a burning shop following a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Ukrainian servicemen attend the funeral ceremony of marine Alexandr Khovtun, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 20, 2022. Khovtun died in combat in the town of Huta-Mezhyhirska, north of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
 

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Russia's Offensive In Ukraine Has Lost Momentum, Western Military Officials Say

Russia's campaign in Ukraine, believed to have been launched with the aim of seizing Kyiv and toppling the Ukrainian government, appears to be faltering, Western military officials have said.

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"The brutal invasion [by] Russia is losing momentum," NATO Deputy-Secretary General Mircea Geoana said on May 15. "We know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and army, and with our help, Ukraine can win this war."

Geoana made the comments in Berlin, where top NATO diplomats gathered to discuss providing further support to Ukraine and moves by Finland, Sweden, and others to join the Western alliance in the face of threats from Russia.

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Small wins buoy Ukraine; West says Russians losing momentum

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and an opponent buoyed Sunday by wins on and off the battlefield.

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While Moscow lost ground on the diplomatic front, Russian forces also failed to make territorial gains in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine said it held off Russian offensives Sunday in the east, and Western military officials said the campaign Moscow launched there after its forces failed to seize the capital of Kyiv has slowed to a snail’s pace.

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Britain’s Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update Sunday that the Russian army had lost up to one-third of the combat strength it committed to Ukraine in late February and was failing to gain any substantial territory.

“Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days,” the ministry said on Twitter.

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  • ''Sweden holds parliamentary debate on NATO membership.
  • Joly says Canada keen to ratify Swedish, Finnish membership as soon as possible.
  • McDonald's, with 850 Russian locations, to pull out of country.
  • Ukraine says it stopped Russian advances in Donetsk and Izyum.
  • Russian forces hit a chemical plant and 11 high-rise buildings in Siverodonetsk in the Donbas.

With its military bogged down in a grinding conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Russia also lost diplomatic ground over the weekend as two more European nations moved closer to joining NATO.

Finland announced Sunday that it was seeking to join the alliance, saying Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly three months ago had changed Europe's security landscape. Several hours later, Sweden's governing party endorsed a bid for membership, which could lead to an application in days.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, meeting with top diplomats from the alliance in Berlin, said the war "is not going as Moscow had planned."

"Ukraine can win this war," he said, adding that NATO must continue to offer military support to Kyiv.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said Canada is in favour of a "quick accession" for both countries ahead of meeting in Brussels with the European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell.

"Our goal is to be among the first countries to be able to ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland," said Joly. That process in the past has taken eight months to a year.

Those moves would be a serious blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has called NATO's post-Cold War expansion in Eastern Europe a threat and cited it as a reason for attacking Ukraine. NATO says it is a purely defensive alliance.''

''The fast food giant said it made the decision because of the "humanitarian crisis" and "unpredictable operating environment" caused by the Ukraine war.
The chain opened in Moscow in 1990 as the Soviet Union was opening its economy to Western brands and its exit carries similar symbolic weight.
The company said it was now pursuing the sale of all its restaurants in Russia to a local buyer and intended to start the process of "de-arching" the sites so they no longer use the McDonald's name, branding and menu.''
 
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