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Putin’s ‘General Armageddon,’ the Commander Now Running Russia’s War on Ukraine

by Mike Eckel, RFE/RL “After receiving orders,” Surovikin “got in his tank without hesitation and rushed to save his country” – Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner Group Just after midnight on August 21, 1991, a column of armored personnel carriers manned by soldiers from a unit of Russia’s 2nd Guards Motor Rifle …

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‘Explosive Traps’: EOD Units Hunt for Russian Mines and Shells Inside Ukraine

by Павло Павлович Editor’s note: the author asked that we publish his name in Ukrainian. The English version is Pavlo Pavlovych. He serves with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Russian forces are using a mix of mines and shells to create deadly explosive traps inside Ukraine. A Ukrainian army officer, …

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A Deadly Ambush in Ukraine: ‘Explosions and More Explosions’

by Aleksander Palikot and Sam Skove, RFE/RL KHARKIV, Ukraine — Tamara Halishnikova doesn’t remember how long the attack targeting her and other residents trying to escape the Russian-occupied village of Kurylivka lasted. All she remembers are the sounds that rang out as the column of vehicles made its way along …

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The Second Battle of Fallujah: American Forces at War Inside a Hotbed of Insurgency

By Liam Collins and John Spencer Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the book “Understanding Urban Warfare” published by Howgate Publishing and available for purchase at Amazon here. The excerpt is an edited conversation John Spencer had with Lt. Gen. James Rainey about the 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah …

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Strikes on Kyiv Are Retaliation for Bridge Explosion, Putin Says

Russia intentionally timed a wave of strikes on Ukraine early on Oct. 10 to inflict the greatest possible civilian losses and had also targeted the country’s energy infrastructure, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes were retaliation for what he called Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions, including an …

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War Enters Critical Phase as Ukrainian Troops Advance, Aim to Cut Russian Supply Lines

by Henry Ridgwell, VOA The war in Ukraine is likely entering a critical phase as Kyiv’s forces advance in the south and east of the country, forcing invading Russian troops to retreat. In recent days, Ukrainian troops have broken through Russian lines in the southern region of Kherson, liberating several …

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Chechnya’s Kadyrov Vows to Send His Teenaged Sons to Fight in Ukraine

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is sending his three teenage sons – aged 14, 15, and 16 – to war in Ukraine, the strongman wrote Monday on Telegram. “The grandsons of the first president of the Chechen Republic, the Hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov, Akhmat, Eli and Adam are aged 16, …

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‘We Were Tortured’: American War Prisoners Believed Russian Captors Would Kill Them

Even after three months of captivity that included execution threats, physical torture, solitary confinement and food deprivation, it was the ride to freedom that nearly broke Alex Drueke, a U.S. military veteran released last week with nine other prisoners who went to help Ukraine fight off Russian invaders. His hands …

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Fighting Rages in Ukraine as Moscow Cracks Down on Anti-Mobilization Protests

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces is under way in parts of eastern Ukraine and the northeast Kharkiv region as Moscow continues a crackdown on protests against a partial mobilization decreed by President Vladimir Putin last week. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the eastern Donetsk region remained Ukraine’s — and …

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Ukraine Used ‘3-D Chess’ Techniques Against Russia: Urban Warfare Expert John Spencer

A Ukrainian counter-offensive has forced Russia out of key eastern positions they had taken months to occupy. Reportedly underpinned by Western intelligence, the push also featured wartime methods familiar to British and American forces. Former U.S. Army Major John Spencer, now Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Madison Policy …

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