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A Self-Made Partisan Rises Up Against Russians in Ukraine: ‘I Never Thought I Would Do This’

by Aleksander Palikot / RFE-RL KHERSON, Ukraine — For Vladyslav Nedostup, the eight-month occupation of his native city has receded swiftly into the past since the last Russian soldier escaped Kherson on a speedboat in early November, and already seems distant and unreal. But that chunk of time has left him …

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Howitzers Changing the Course of Battle in Donbas, Troops Say

Ukrainian artillery crews make regular use of the Western-supplied M777 howitzer, and say it has had a major impact against Russian forces. “One time we hit 300 men,” one soldier said. Crews operating one in a muddy field in the Donetsk region say the key to its success is its …

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Russia Removing Nuclear Warheads From Old Missiles to Use Against Ukraine

Russia is firing old cruise missiles stripped of their nuclear warheads at Ukrainian targets because Vladimir Putin’s stocks are so depleted, the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has suggested. An intelligence update from the MOD on Saturday said the desperate improvisation by the Russian President’s struggling forces are “unlikely to achieve reliable …

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‘The Best in Hell’: How the Wagner Group Recruits Mercenaries From Siberian Prisons

by Mike Eckel, RFE/RL A man wearing military fatigues, a balaclava, and a special forces insignia showed up at Correctional Colony No. 29 in the Russian coal-mining region of Kemerovo on October 3. During that evening’s inspection, with several hundred inmates lined up in one of the prison’s outdoor yards, …

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Chechen Separatists Fighting Russians in Ukraine: ‘The Bear Has to be Driven Out With a Stick’

by Lidia Mikhalchenko / Caucasus For many of the Chechen opposition members and separatists abroad who have come from across Europe to join a volunteer battalion in Ukraine, battling Russia has become a way of life. Decades — even centuries — of Moscow’s often-armed interference in Chechnya have made the …

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Wagner Head Prigozhin Praises Sledgehammer Killing of Alleged Russian Defector

A Telegram channel with close ties to the private Russian mercenary group Wagner has published a video of a Russian fighter who allegedly defected to Ukraine being killed with a sledgehammer. The video, which is titled The Hammer Of Revenge and contains comments declaring “The traitor was punished,” was published …

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We Knew They Weren’t Coming Back: Vietnam’s Brutal ‘Nine Days in May’

by Susan Katz KeatingThe soldiers proceeded cautiously through the jungle highlands west of Pleiku, near the Cambodian border, on the morning of May 18, 1967. The men were part of Operation Francis Marion, aimed at stopping the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) from seizing the Ia Drang Valley. The Americans belonged …

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Ukraine Unleashes Artillery Barrage – And Records It On Video

By A.R. Fomenko UKRAINE – Artillery troops in Ukraine opened fire for a sustained barrage against Russian forces – and caught it on video. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence showed an example on Twitter, with battlefield video of rockets being fired at Russian positions. Troops here have been very informative, …

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‘Kherson is Ours’: Zelensky Hails Dramatic Recapture of City as Russian Forces Retreat

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared that Kherson is “ours” after his special forces entered the strategic southern city following the retreat of Russian troops, marking another dramatic battlefield victory in Kyiv’s drive to recapture territory occupied by Russia since the start of its Feb. 24 invasion. The Ukrainian military also …

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On the Front Line in Donetsk, Where Ukrainian Forces Hold Out Against Daily Russian Attacks

Russian troops and military forces are launching daily attacks against Ukrainian front line positions in Donetsk, in an area described as one of the hottest in the war. Paratroopers with Ukraine’s 79th Air Assault Brigade say they’re holding positions around the small city of Maryinka. They say Russia has deployed …

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