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    Mystery is growing over the fate of Vladimir Putin's Black Fleet chief, Admiral Igor Osipov, who has 'not been seen alive' since the sinking of the Moskva warship one month ago. There are now suspicions that the commander was on board the vessel when it was hit by Ukrainian Neptune missiles, say Kyiv sources. Initially Ukraine claimed that the admiral was detained amid fury from Putin over the cruiser's sinking. Mystery is growing over the fate of Vladimir Putin's Black Fleet chief, Admiral Igor Osipov (picture date unknown) Other claims were that he had been suspended. This was never confirmed by Russian officials who this week insisted he was at his 'combat post' but 'not in the mood' to face the public. Osipov, 49, was conspicuously absent from the Red Square Victory Day parade on Monday, which he would routinely be expected to attend. He was also nowhere to be seen at events linked to Black Sea Fleet Day this week. At one event on 7 May, he was reported as being present only for his name to be removed...
    Mutinous Russian soldiers were stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks under the orders of a feared Russian general who has been sent in to restore discipline in Ukraine, according to a recording released by Kyiv's intelligence services. Meanwhile, another audio clip was released in which a Russian soldier was overheard calling Vladimir Putin an 'old nutjob' and criticising his war in Ukraine. The intercepted audio recordings are the latest evidence that morale is deteriorating among Moscow's forces as its faltering invasion of Ukraine entered its 12th week. Both recordings were shared by Ukrainian Defence Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate on social media on Thursday, according to the Daily Beast. In the first intercepted phone call, a Russian soldier is heard telling a friend that the Kremlin has sent in a general, named only in the discussion as 'Muradov'.  While the general's full name is not revealed in the discussion, it is likely the soldier is referring to lieutenant general Rustam Muradov - the deputy commander of Russia's Southern Military District, known for overseeing brutal fighting in the Syrian civil war. 'Well, Muradov arrived...
    The Ukrainian prosecutor general has opened roughly 9,600 cases into alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces against Ukrainians since they invaded at the end of February. Iryna Venediktova, who is leading the office, provided the new tally and said she expects it to continue to grow during her testimony on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a commission on Capitol Hill that monitors compliance with the Helsinki Accords. “Today, to date, we have opened over 9,600 investigations. Tomorrow, it will be up again, up and up, into instances of violations of law and customs of law. This number for sure will get higher,” she said, adding that there also is “a separate investigation into the crime of genocide.” She placed the death toll for civilians at around 1,400 and said roughly 200 of them were children and that Russian forces had targeted 1,500 educational institutions and 300 medical facilities. Investigators also found “a torture chamber with bodies piled on the ground,” and her office is “receiving mounting evidence of sexual abuse recorded...
    (CNN)The former commander of the US Special Operations Command in Europe, retired US Army Maj. Gen. Mike Repass, says the international community has to greatly increase its support for Ukraine if the embattled nation is ever going to be able to drive the Russians out.Repass has advised the Ukrainian military for the past six years on a US government contract. Last month he visited Poland and western Ukraine to get a better feel for the trajectory of the war in Ukraine. I spoke to him Friday and Monday.He says the Ukrainian supply chain for military equipment is inefficient and that additional military forces are required to drive the Russians out of Ukraine. To win the war in Ukraine, Repass advocates that the US and its allies build up a Ukrainian strategic force amounting to five brigades of up to 40,000 soldiers capable of mounting offensive operations to force the Russians out of their country.Disclosure: Repass is on the advisory council of the Global Special Operations Foundation, where I am the chairman of the board. Our conversation was edited for clarity...
    (CNN)Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the current head of US Army forces in Europe and Africa has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the top US general in Europe as head of US European Command, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced Tuesday.If confirmed, Cavoli will take charge of some 100,000 US troops from all services stationed in Europe as Russia continues to carry out its war on Ukraine. If confirmed he will take charge of the daily US military effort to assess Russian military moves in Europe and oversee the supply of US and allied weapons into Ukraine. European Command has established an extensive effort to coordinate Ukraine's weapons requests and help work to see what can be provided by both the US and the allies. Weapons shipments have continuously arrived along NATO's eastern flank where they are picked up by Ukrainian personnel and brought into the country by rail or truck.Forces in European Command have also begun training small numbers of Ukrainian forces outside of the country on key systems such as towed artillery.NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu confirmed...
    Trench warfare on the eastern Donbas front. I wrote an entire update earlier today on the possibility that Ukraine had taken a key city near Kharkiv, in Ukraine’s northeast. Looks (indirectly) confirmed.  xThis appears to be confirmation from official US Defence sources that Ukrainian troops have retaken the strategic town of Staryi Saltiv. That town is 40km NE of the centre of Kharkiv (a circle showing 40km is mapped below) and had been rumoured recaptured by Ukraine today. https://t.co/t6ntAn726m pic.twitter.com/TZ7itgBl4y— Nathan Ruser (@Nrg8000) May 2, 2022 While War Mapper is wisely still waiting for official confirmation before marking it on his maps, this activity means a lot of previously red and pink territory east of Kharkiv has been cleared:  xUpdates:???????? carried out an offensive in the direction of Staryi Slativ. The extent of territory recaptured isn’t yet clear. pic.twitter.com/vHKOWJrKhu— Ukraine War Map (@War_Mapper) May 3, 2022 Ukrainian forces pushing out from Chuhuiv southeast of Kharkiv can rest easier about their northern left flank, but the effort has come at great cost. Today, Ukraine admitted they took heavy losses in the liberation of Ruska Lozova,...
    Russia's highest-ranking uniformed officer made a secret trip to the front lines in eastern Ukraine last week and narrowly escaped a Ukrainian attack, according to a report on Sunday. Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff of the Russian military, traveled to the Russian-controlled city of Izyum and made a stop at a school housing Russian troops, according to the report. Ukrainian officials learned of the visit and launched an attack on Saturday that killed some 200 Russian troops and a general, but not Gerasimov, who had already left for Russia, according to the New York Times report, which cited unnamed Ukrainian and U.S. officials. 'SABOTAGE': RAILWAY BRIDGE COLLAPSES, EXPLOSIONS HEARD, AND FIRES BREAK OUT IN RUSSIA Gerasimov is reportedly one of three people, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who planned the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. A visit to the front lines is an unusual trip for such a high-ranking official to take. Gerasimov was reportedly in Ukraine to "change the course“ of Russia's offensive in the eastern part...
    VLADIMIR Putin has lost his ninth general fighting in Ukraine after an attack on a military base. The tyrant's war has taken a toll on Russia's army as Major General Andrei Simonov, 2nd Combined Arms Army, became the most recent top commander to die in battle. 2The strike reportedly destroyed more than 30 Russian vehicles 2Major General Andrei Simonov was reportedly killed in the attack in Izyum Simonov was reportedly killed near the city of Izyum in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, Kyiv Post reports. Footage shared on social media appears to show the strike with a rocket salvo being fired. The attack reportedly destroyed over 30 Russian armoured vehicles, including tanks. Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said during an interview that about 100 Russians were killed in the attack, including Simonov. READ MORE ON UKRAINE'SIGNS OF TORTURE' Kyiv police discover evidence of ANOTHER mass-grave in BuchaRED ALERT Putin's army of saboteurs 'could enter UK to attack key targets' ministers warned The news of the general's death was also shared by government advisor Anton Gerashchenko on his Telegram account. He said...
    Russia will be unable to fight another war for years because of catastrophic kit losses in Ukraine, defence experts said. 'It will take years for Russia to rebuild its inventories', according to the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. In fact, Putin will struggle in the Donbas because vital 'inventories are getting low', analyst Mark Cancian told The Times. Wrecked Kremlin equipment now amounts to 939 tanks, 185 planes, 155 helicopters, 421 artillery units and eight ships, the Ukrainian army estimated this morning.  The Ukrainian Army updates its latest - and rising - estimates of Russian losses each morning RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Putin turns off the taps: Russia cuts off gas to Bulgaria... Go f*** yourself…again! Ukraine destroys Russian command... Share this article Share Kyiv estimates its forces have now killed 22,400 Russian soldiers, up from 22,100 yesterday. Military analyst Henry Boyd from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said Putin could still draw on sizeable, Soviet-era reserve forces stationed across Russia. But most Russian soldiers could be unable...
    A high-ranking Russian general has shed light on the possibility of a second phase of the military's invasion of Ukraine. According to The Daily Beast, "Russian military commander Rustam Minnekaev now says the second phase of President Vladimir Putin’s 'special operation' is focused on establishing a 'land corridor' from the Donbas all the way to Moldova, which would cut off the rest of Ukraine from the sea." According to the independent, Russian state-owned news agency Interfax, Minnekaev met with the Union of Defense Industries on Friday, April 22 where he shared details about the possible invasion. “One of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine. This will provide a land corridor to the Crimea, as well as influence the vital objects of the Ukrainian economy,” Minnekaev said Friday at a meeting with the Union of Defense Industries, as reported by the Russian state-owned Interfax. “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria, where there are also facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” While...
    As Russian troops tighten their grip on the strategic port town of Mariupol, their strategy is finally becoming clear. Russian military commander Rustam Minnekaev now says the second phase of President Vladimir Putin’s “special operation” is focused on establishing a “land corridor” from the Donbas all the way to Moldova, which would cut off the rest of Ukraine from the sea. “One of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine. This will provide a land corridor to the Crimea, as well as influence the vital objects of the Ukrainian economy,” Minnekaev said Friday at a meeting with the Union of Defense Industries, as reported by the Russian state-owned Interfax. “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria, where there are also facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” Transnistria is a separatist region of Moldova that has so far not been officially involved in the war despite hosting a Russian military base since the 1990s. The general’s words suggest that Moldova’s sovereign borders would also come...
    VLADIMIR Putin has lost another commander as Ukrainian troops claim they are hunting for Russian generals "like a safari". Ukraine's military claims it killed Colonel Ivan Grishin, the commander of Russia's 49th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, in what's been seen as another heavy blow for Moscow. 11Ukraine is claiming it killed tank commander Colonel Ivan Grishin on SaturdayCredit: Twitter 11A man ride a motorbike past a destroyed Russian tank on a road in the village of Rusaniv, near KyivCredit: AFP The Colonel was said to have been killed in the Russian border town of Smolensk on Saturday in what is being dubbed as the "Ukrainian Safari 2.0", according to certain social media channels. Russia has already lost eight generals in its unwinnable war in Ukraine, which is said to have cost the lives of 20,000 troops. Major General Vladimir Frolov, deputy commander of the 8th Combined Arms Army, become the eighth Russian general to be killed in battle. Major Frovolov was laid to rest with full military honours in St Petersburg.  READ MORE ON UKRAINEPUTIN'S TERROR Live Ukraine war: Zelensky warns...
    The dawn deadline Russia gave determined Ukrainian soldiers to surrender and lay down their weapons in Mariupol passed without incident on Sunday morning, as Vladimir Putin’s increasingly sloppy troops closed in on the strategic port city. Russia’s defense ministry, still reeling from the loss of 8th Army Major General Vladimir Frolov in combat on Saturday, was just as determined, threatening to “eliminate” any Ukrainian and foreign troops trying to hold on to the battered city. Russia has made considerable gains on the city after spending weeks trying to wipe it off the map. Western intelligence officials said it could fall to Russia soon, providing a key land bridge between Crimea and the eastern separatist regions it so desperately wants to take. President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that his fighters had only a small part of the city under their control. “The situation is very difficult in Mariupol,” he said overnight Sunday, according to CNN. “Our soldiers are blocked, the wounded are blocked. There is a humanitarian crisis ... Nevertheless, the guys are defending themselves.” Russia warned in...
    Russia has reportedly lost its fortieth high-ranking military officer since the start of the war in Ukraine. Lieutenant Colonel Denis Mezhuev was killed on the frontline, local reports said. Mezhuev commanded the Sevastopol Red Banner regiment under the 1st guards motor rifle division, which moved from Kyiv to the battle-scarred east in recent days. Lt Col Mezhuev, who was reportedly a father, died in battle in the east of Ukraine, reports say A social media post by a junior Russian politician read: 'Denis Mezhuev died in battle. His son can be proud of his dad.' Pro-Putin poet Andrey Kovalev called on the Kremlin to award Lt Col Mezhuev the nation's top honour posthumously. Mezhuev led the Sevastopol Red Banner regiment of the 1st guards motor rifle division He said: 'For his deed he is worthy of the title of Hero of Russia.' Ukraine says Russia has now lost a total of seven generals and 33 colonels  The scale of the high ranking death toll defies Vladimir Putin’s claim that his “special military operation” is going according to plan. The overall...
    UKRAINIAN forces used some of their newest missiles to blow up an ageing Soviet-era Russian warship in the biggest naval loss sink Britain sunk the General Belgrano. Slava-class missile cruiser Moskova has been in service on-and-off for almost 40 years - and should she sink, she will be the largest naval asset lost since World War 2. 3 Drones are reported to have been used to harass the vessel and keep its air defences distracted before the missiles were fired from a hidden battery near Odesa. At least two of the missiles are then reported to have struck the ship - causing a massive explosion and inferno as they are believed to have detonated one of Moskova's exposed deckside missile tubes. Russia claims the ship has been evacuated, remains afloat, and the cause of the fire is under "investigation" - making no mention of the strike. Ukraine meanwhile has said the vessel is believed to be sinking as the damage and bad weather takes its toll on the now-abandoned wreck. READ MORE ON UKRAINE'RISKY' Desperate Ukrainians...
    Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office is investigating roughly 5,800 allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russian forces. Iryna Venediktova, the prosecutor general, said her office has 500 suspects whom they’re investigating, including “top politicians, top military, and top propaganda agents of the Russian Federation,” she explained in a CNN interview on Monday. “With every day, we start more and more proceedings,” she added. FORMER MARIUPOL RESIDENT 'CAN'T DESCRIBE THE HORROR' SHE WITNESSED IN UKRAINE In the six weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, Russia has failed to accomplish its goals, mainly to topple the government, and has resorted to indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas. Russia has been accused of executing Ukrainian civilians. "We want to prosecute these war criminals in our Ukrainian courts, named by Ukraine," Venediktova said, acknowledging the International Criminal Court. She visited Bucha in recent days, one of the cities where war crimes allegedly occurred. A mass grave filled with hundreds of bodies was discovered there, while other civilians were found shot and killed with their wrists bound behind them. Russia has denied that its...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Russia’s newly appointed battlefield commander in Ukraine made his reputation crushing resistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad during that country’s devastating civil war. Russian forces led by Gen. Alexander Dvornikov destroyed whole cities while dropping barrel bombs that targeted civilians. With Moscow supporting Assad, the war in Syria has killed more than 350,000 people. Lt. Col. Fares al-Bayoush, a Syrian army defector, said Sunday he expects a similar “scorched-earth” strategy under the commander in Ukraine. Speaking by telephone from Turkey, al-Bayoush said he believes the aim of naming Dvornikov as Ukraine war commander is to cause widespread destruction in many places at once. “He has very good experience in this policy,” al-Bayoush said. “This commander is a war criminal.” ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — US: Russia’s new battlefield commander has history of brutality — Ukraine digs in to fight Russia’s looming eastern offensive — Analysis: War, economy could weaken Putin’s place as leader — Biden, Modi to speak as India avoids hard line on Russia — Zelenskyy, in AP interview, says...
    Nato is preparing to deploy a permanent full-scale military force on its eastern flank capable of repelling a Russian invasion similar to the one that has ravaged Ukraine, the alliance's secretary general has revealed. Currently, Nato only deploys a relatively small 'tripwire' force in the Baltic states that border Russia and Belarus, which is intended to signal a commitment to the countries' defence rather than a credible defence in its own right. As part of Nato's major 'reset', this symbolic presence will be replaced by one capable of beating the Russian army back without reinforcements needing to be called in from across the alliance. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in the Telegraph that Nato was 'in the midst of a very fundamental transformation' that will reflect 'the long-term consequences' of Vladimir Putin's actions.  He pointed out that Nato troop numbers in the eastern flank were already at 40,000, nearly ten times greater than they were a few months ago before the invasion.  'What we see now is a new reality, a new normal for European security. Therefore, we have now...
    (CNN)Vladimir Putin's five-week long invasion of Ukraine has peaked, with Russian forces no longer possessing enough combat power to continue to advance, according to one close observer of the military situation. In interviews Thursday and Friday, the former commander of the US Special Operations Command in Europe, retired US Army Major General Mike Repass, gave his well-informed view of the war in Ukraine. For the past six years, he has advised the Ukrainian military on a US government contract. While the Russians may be bogged down, Repass says, the Ukrainian side is also under great stress. He said that the Ukrainian counterattacks in recent days may be less effective than the media coverage has suggested. And he says it's also not clear how many casualties the Ukrainians have incurred, which makes any kind of accurate analysis of how they are faring difficult to do. Repass also contends that the Ukrainians need more S-300 missiles capable of bringing down mid-to-high-altitude jets and ballistic missiles, which would fall below the threshold of instituting a formal no-fly zone requested by the Ukrainians, which...
    "I do not believe we are in the process of currently training military forces from Ukraine in Poland," Wolters said. "There are liaisons that are there that are being given advice, and that’s different than I think you’re referring to with respect to training." March 29, 2022: Senator Cotton Q&A during Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing youtu.be Biden's apparent admission that U.S. personnel are training Ukrainian soldiers in Poland triggered controversy, which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) highlighted in an interview Monday. "If that's the case, then it's surely classified. It may be that he’s explaining classified secrets on national television," Cruz said on Fox News. "This is like Mr. McGoo as president, where every time he explains one thing, it gets worse and worse and worse, and we’ve got nuclear weapons pointed at each other. It is incredibly dangerous, this kind of presidential weakness." The White House was asked about Biden's remarks and Cruz's concern on Tuesday, but only played coy. A reporter asked, "Yesterday, did the president accidentally reveal a previously unknown effort for the U.S....