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These Russian Convicts Were Let Out of Prison to Fight in Ukraine

At the Petergof cemetery in St. Petersburg, five fresh graves appeared this summer, away from the other graves: all of them the same, with wooden crosses, black plates with names in gold and the dates of birth and death, framed photographs behind glass with a black ribbon pulled over them. …

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‘Send Putin to the Front Lines’: Protests Erupt Across Russia In Response to Conscription Order

Russian citizens have taken to the streets of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and elsewhere to protest Vladimir Putin’s conscription order for the war in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday the partial mobilization of his country’s military reserves in a move that follows Ukrainian gains in a counteroffensive in northeastern …

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Flights Leaving Russia Sell Out as Men Flee Putin’s Conscription Order

Scores of Russian men seemingly bought all the available seats on flights out of the country on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin declared a partial military mobilization for the war in Ukraine. “This is an outrage,” one 27-year old Moscow resident told Soldier of Fortune via a secure messaging system. …

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Attacks Are on the Rise Against Pro-Russian Officials in Ukraine

Targeted attacks against pro-Russian officials in Kherson and other occupied areas have gone up in recent weeks, according to sources inside Ukraine.  “This will come into play in occupied Kherson, where collaborators are well known,” said Max, a taxi driver who uses only his given name. “They should beware.” The …

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Russian Pilot Says ‘F*cked Up’ Air Force Should Ground Itself From War in Ukraine

by Susan Katz Keating Leo can’t stop watching the video. The former Russian fighter pilot takes an indoor break from the Reno Air Races – “the smoke is too much; the wildfires” – and offers Soldier of Fortune his theories on why the Russian Air Force is largely missing from …

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Russia Tells Troops to Withdraw From Kharkiv

Russia has likely ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the whole of the Kharkiv Oblast, according to the British Ministry of Defence. In an update on Twitter, the MOD said pockets of Russian resistance remained in Kharkiv, west of the Oskil River, but Ukraine has “recaptured territory at least …

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As Ukraine Forces Advance, Next Few Weeks Will Be Critical

by Owen Thorne I am optimistically but guardedly watching the Ukrainian success in the north. After being on the ground during the fall of Iszyum to the Russians over the summer, I see its liberation as a good step.   Ukraine said on Monday it had recaptured more villages in the …

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‘They Have a List’: Taliban Search House-to-House For Resistance Fighters in Panjshir

by Susan Katz Keating Taliban forces in the past few days searched house-to-house in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, hunting for opposition fighters, men inside the area said. The targeted fighters belong to the National Resistance Front (NRF), which regards the Taliban as a tyrannical “criminal group” that is “fundamentally alien” to Islamic …

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Ukraine Reclaims More Territory From Fleeing Russian Forces; Kremlin Says Retreat is Tactical

Ukrainian forces advanced their counteroffensive in eastern Ukraine Sunday, aiming to take advantage of Russian troop withdrawals from the northeastern Kharkiv region in a retreat that may have changed the course of the nearly seven-month conflict. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday posted a video of Ukrainian soldiers hoisting the …

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‘Hell in a Few Seconds’: What It’s Like to Be Hit by Russian Cluster Bombs in Ukraine

Journalist Andriy Dubchak barely escaped with his life as he and his son came under cluster-bomb attack from Russian forces in Ukraine. The two were filming a Russian artillery barrage in Donbas, when Dubchak heard “something strange,” unlike the sounds from artillery or other forms of attack. He quickly realized …

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