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And Then Came the War: Two Years Into Russian Invasion, Ukrainians Recall ‘That Terrible Day’

In the early morning hours of February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine with tanks and mechanized columns. Simultaneously, it launched missile and air strikes in what Russian President Vladimir Putin said was a “special military operation.” Two years later, Ukrainians who survived the invasion recall their experiences, collected by Soldier …

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Did Putin Fly a Russian Tu-160M Blackjack Bomber?

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin flew in the cockpit of a Tu-160M bomber. And, Moscow adds, it has proof! A video that we captured from Russian state media seems to show Putin airborne and in the left seat of the plane’s cockpit. Is this …

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Mew, Mew, Mew… Can Social Media Take a Joke?

We love being serious here at SOF, but we’ve been having great fun on a certain social media platform, joking around that kittens are more palatable than scary stuff. If you’ve come here from our [certain place] page, what do you think? Would this uncensored image be totally un-funny to …

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Beatings, Torture, and Rape: Inside the Notorious ‘Polar Wolf’ Prison Where Alexei Navalny Died

“Your body reacts badly to beatings, to rape, to physical torture, extreme cold. They know how to use this.” by Susan Katz Keating In winter, the prisoners are forced to stand outside wearing light clothes, and are blasted with a water cannon if anyone moves. In spring, they are half-stripped, …

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Moscow Says Alexei Navalny Was ‘Fine’ Before He Died Suddenly in Prison; Duma Leader Blames US and EU

“The regime wanted him dead,” a former Kremlin official said. Navalny previously fell ill after being poisoned with nerve agent. by Susan Katz Keating Moscow has adopted a defensive mode regarding the sudden death of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, saying the activist was “fine” before he collapsed inside a Russian …

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Into the Arctic: US Marines Navigate Howling Winds and White-Out Snow in Norway

“It could be a desert, it could be tropical areas, but the Arctic climate prepares you for most environments on the planet.” American Marines faced off against howling winds and frigid temperatures in order to prepare for Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024, the largest NATO exercise in decades. The troops from …

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Mail Drop: Dear Soldier of Fortune, Send Info Fast

“You’re the only one I can tell this to,” and other communiques. Mail drop! By popular demand, here’s a new feature at Soldier of Fortune: A peek into our inbox. Here’s what arrived recently. Send us a note, and you, too, might appear in a future edition of Mail Drop! …

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Tucker Carlson Talks to Vladimir Putin: Things to Consider While Watching the Interview

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating What should we make of Tucker Carlson’s sit-down with Vladimir Putin? Western reactions are all over the map, with some praising and others damning both Carlson and Putin. Pro-Russian writers in the overseas “samizdat” offered biting commentary. “This whole interview was just pure Putin — …

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Russian Combat Vid: Real, or Dezinformatsiya? You Be the Judge

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Pro-Moscow channels on Telegram are circulating a video purporting to show Russian forces kicking battlefield butt in Ukraine. But is it truth, or disinformation? I saved the vid and passed the YouTube gatekeepers allow me to post it myself on our fledgling channel. I put …

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