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Monthly Archives: April 2022

‘Filtration Camps’ Hold Captured Ukrainians Before They Disappear, Ambassador Says

The U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says there is credible evidence that Russian forces have been rounding up people in areas of Ukraine’s south and east and detaining them in “filtration camps,” where they are interrogated. Ambassador Michael Carpenter told the Permanent Council …

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Former Marine Killed, British Citizens Detained in Ukraine

A former U.S. Marine was killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces as Russia launched new attacks in eastern Ukraine, shortly after two British citizens were detained at a checkpoint inside the country. Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, was working with a private military contracting company when he was killed on Monday, …

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DOJ’s Garland Wants to Use ‘KleptoCapture’ Proceeds to Send Oligarch Assets to Ukraine

The U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said this week that the Biden administration supports legislation that calls for some of the proceeds being seized from Russian oligarchs to go directly to Ukraine.  “That’s not the current circumstance,” Garland told the Senate Appropriations Committee as lawmakers questioned him about the property …

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Mali’s Junta Rulers Slam France for Filming Wagner Mercs as They Staged a ‘Mass Grave’

Mali’s military government has accused France of spying after the French military released drone video of what it said were Russian mercenaries staging a mass grave near a military base the French handed back to Mali. Mali’s military government on Tuesday night accused France of spying and deliberately violating its …

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Prisoner Swap: US, Russia Trade Former Marine Trevor Reed for Convicted Drug Smuggler Konstantin Yaroshenko

Amid worsening relations between Washington and Moscow, the U.S. has completed a prisoner swap involving two imprisoned citizens. The swapped prisoners are Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, jailed on U.S. drug-smuggling charges, and former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, jailed in Russia on charges of assaulting police.  Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on …

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Jihadists Say They Captured Russian Wagner Fighters in Mali

By Gatimu Juma A Mali jihadist group claimed that it captured a fighter from Russia’s privately owned Wagner military group. “In the first week of April, (we) captured a soldier of the Russian Wagner forces in the Segou region in central Mali,” the GSIM (the Group to Support Islam and …

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Norway Arrests Greenpeace Activists Who Chained Selves to Russian Ship’s Anchor

Norwegian police said they have arrested a group of environmental activists who chained themselves to a Russian oil tanker. The group said it wanted to prevent the ship from unloading its cargo in Norway. Greenpeace said on Monday that its activists had set off in boats across the Oslo Fjord, …

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Moscow Aims to Capture Moldava’s Breakaway Transdniester Region, Russian Commander Says

Full control of southern Ukraine was a strategic goal to allow access to Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniester, according to the acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District, Rustam Minnekayev. Minnekayev’s comments were the most detailed public description yet of Russia’s goals in the second phase of its invasion …

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Ukraine Retakes Three Villages Near Russian Border, Official Says

The head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleh Sinehubov, said on his Telegram channel that Ukrainian forces had retaken at least three villages near the Russian border after “fierce battles.” British military intelligence said early on April 23 that Russian invasion forces appeared to have made no major gains in …

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Easter Services in Kyiv: A Soldier Lights a Candle

SoF correspondent Owen Thorne sends this report, written in haste on Easter Sunday in Ukraine. Easter services in Kyiv brought citizens and soldiers together to worship and give thanks. It was a solemn respite from war. One soldier in uniform and a headscarf lit a candle inside the church. She …

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