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Russian Troops Ordered to Retreat From Parts of Kherson

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the right bank of the Dnieper River in the partially occupied Kherson region of Ukraine. The move is another retreat amid a number of setbacks for Moscow on battlefields in Ukraine’s east and southeast. Shoigu said at a meeting …

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Wagner Mercenary Group Recruiting US-Trained Afghan Commandos to Fight in Ukraine

By Safiullah Stanikzai and Soldier of Fortune A former Afghan Defense Ministry official has reiterated claims that Afghan commandos have been recruited to fight as mercenaries in Ukraine. Reports began circulating late last week that the shadowy Wagner group, a private Russian mercenary force with close ties to the Kremlin, is …

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Ukrainian Air Defenses Intercept Russian Attacks: Report on Scene From Soldier of Fortune

by Owen Thorne KYIV – Early this morning, Russian air attacks began across Ukraine. These attacks have beenanticipated in response to the losses inflicted on the Russian Navy at their base in Sevastopol inthe occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea. With air raid sirens beginning around midnight wewitnessed waves of attacks …

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Russia Blocks Security Camera Footage in Wake of Attack on Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

Closed circuit camera broadcasts from Sevastopol have been blocked in the wake of explosions at the Russian naval base there, a Russian official said. “All broadcasts from CCTV cameras in Sevastopol that were previously available to civilians will be closed,” according to Mikhail Razvozhaev, the governor of Sevastopol. His remarks …

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Moscow Ends Partial Military Conscription, Russian Defense Ministry Says

The partial mobilization has ended in Russia, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Friday. “The deployment of citizens called up for mobilization was completed today. The conscription of citizens has stopped. The target you set – 300,000 people – has been met. No additional assignments are being …

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‘The Helicopter Fell Apart’: Third Russian Ka-52 Goes Down Over Kherson

By A.R. Fomenko Ukrainian forces took a bite out of another alligator this week, when anti-aircraft gunners shot down an additional Russian Ka-52 helicopter. Soldier of Fortune saw the helicopter go down on Monday in the Beryslav district of Kherson. It was the third Ka-52 alligator to be shot down …

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Ukraine Making Strides Against Iranian-Built Drones, UK Says

Ukrainian efforts to shoot down the Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are “increasingly successful” as Russia continues to use the Iranian-made drones against targets across Ukraine, the British Defense Ministry said on October 24. In its regular updates, the ministry said the UAVs are slow, noisy, and fly at low …

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Two Pilots Killed When Russian Su-30 Fighter Jet Crashes in Siberian Residential Neighborhood

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet crashed in a residential area in the city of Irkutsk during a trial flight, killing the two pilots, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told TASS on Sunday. The crash occurred in Siberia. “Two pilots have been killed. There are no casualties among civilians. The fire …

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‘Thrown Out Like Dogs’: Russian Soldiers Say Commanders Abandoned Them to Live in Holes

Russian soldiers from the Krasnodar region have taken to social media to say they have been “thrown out like dogs,” and abandoned in the fields of war-torn Ukraine. The outraged men charged that they are forced to live in holes that they dug with their bare hands. The conscripted soldiers …

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New Use For Old Howitzers: On the Front Lines With Ukrainian Artillery Unit

The FH70 155-millimeter howitzer has been used by NATO countries for more than 40 years. The designation stands for Field Howitzer for the 1970s. Ukrainian forces first got their hands on them courtesy of Italy in May, and received training in Estonia. These are in addition to the U.S. supplied …

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