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Donbas Fighting is ‘Just Hell,’ Zelensky Says

The battlefield situation in the eastern Donbas region is “just hell,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, noting that despite U.S. supplies of rocket artillery, Kyiv’s forces have not been able to overcome Russian advantages in heavy guns and manpower. The imbalance is “very much felt in combat, especially in the …

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What Are Ukraine’s Chances to Recapture Kherson?

Controlling Kherson would mean controlling the water supply to Russian-occupied Crimea. Ukrainian forces are continuing to advance towards Kherson, one of the most important cities lost to Russia so far in the war. As they advance through the countryside towards the southern port city, the Ukrainians have reportedly destroyed some …

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On the Ground With Artillery Battery in Donbas: The ‘Deep Fight’ Intensifies

by Owen Thorne As the Operational Pause for the ground forces continues in the Donbas following the significant Russian successes of the past month, the air campaign and artillery battles continue. The Russians are hitting targets across Ukraine with increasing frequency using long range missiles. At the same time, the …

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Russia’s Drive to Recruit More Soldiers: ‘Prove You’re a Real Man’

by Mike Eckel / RFE-RL The flyer appeared earlier this month, pasted to the walls of apartment building entryways in the Moscow suburb of Odintsovo — and hard to miss above the announcement for when the building’s hot water would be shut off for maintenance. “Wanted: men between 20 and …

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Mali Arrests 49 Troops From Ivory Coast, Accuses Them of Being Mercenaries With a ‘Dark Aim’

Dozens of troops from the Ivory Coast were arrested Monday in Mali for being “mercenaries,” officials in Bamako said.  “It has been established that the 49 Ivorian soldiers were illegally on the national territory of Mali,” government spokesman Abdoulaye Maiga said while appearing on state TV, calling the men “mercenaries.” …

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On the Front Lines With SOF: A Sticker in Wartime

by Owen Thorne Editor’s note: Owen sent this quick note while on the move in Ukraine. More to come… Sergi was our military escort as I visited a forward unit in eastern Ukraine. In the Donbas salient the Ukrainians are fighting hard, and skillfully trying to hold back the Russian …

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New US Weapons Package Will Send More HIMARS Advanced Rocket Systems to Ukraine

The United States will send more long-range multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine as Kyiv’s forces prepare for a slow Russian advance to grab more territory in the eastern Donbas region. The U.S. weapons package, announced on July 8, will include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, bringing …

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Russian Precision Fire Hits Kramatorsk, Killing Ukrainian Soldiers

by Owen Thorne KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE – In the North side of Donbas salient, as the Russians regroup for the next push against Slovyansk, Kramatorsk comes under air and long range rocket fire.  Today, a precision guided aerial munition struck this Ukrainian position in the center of the small city, killing …

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Four Army Veterans Awarded Medal of Honor for Actions in Vietnam War

President Joe Biden has awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, to four U.S. Army soldiers for their actions during the Vietnam War. During a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, President Joe Biden presented the award to Specialist 5 Dwight Birdwell, Major John Duffy, …

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