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What Russia really wants from its summer offensive

What Russia really wants from its summer offensive

The attack came in the early hours of Friday morning, about 15 miles northeast of the Kharkiv city ring road.  But neither the time nor the place were a surprise.  For weeks, Ukrainian officials had been warning of a new Russian offensive some time in May. Russian propagandists, Ukrainian military analysts, and even armchair observers...

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Ukraine Bans Online Gambling For Soldiers

Ukraine Bans Online Gambling For Soldiers

Ukraine has not only seen ground given up in recent months in the country’s war against Russia, but a new report also notes that online gambling may be becoming popular with soldiers coping with the ravages of the battlefield. A Ukrainian soldier put forward a petition in the hopes of getting the country to do...

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Ukraine-Russia war live: 100-mile US glide bombs fail in Ukraine

Ukraine-Russia war live: 100-mile US glide bombs fail in Ukraine

Modern battle tanks are weapons of shock and awe. They are best used manoeuvring around the battlefield at speeds of up to 50mph and delivering devastatingly accurate strikes with their 120mm cannons. But in Ukraine they have been deployed on the frontline more as mobile pillboxes or as 60-ton sniper rifles. This is why it...

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Entertainment News Roundup: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Scherzinger shine at UK’s Olivier awards; Russian ballet shows in South Korea cancelled for a second time and more | Entertainment

Entertainment News Roundup: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Scherzinger shine at UK’s Olivier awards; Russian ballet shows in South Korea cancelled for a second time and more | Entertainment

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Russian ballet shows in South Korea cancelled for a second time A ballet show in South Korea featuring principal dancers from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet was cancelled a day before opening night, the organiser said on Monday, amid tensions between Seoul and Moscow over...

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Putin’s transformation into the new Stalin is now complete

Putin’s transformation into the new Stalin is now complete

Putin has always had an admiration for Stalin and under his rule, statues of the tyrant have been reappearing at a gathering pace. There are now more than a hundred of them across Russia. Although Stalingrad, now Volgograd, has yet to revert to its wartime name, last year a statue was erected to commemorate the...

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How Yulia Navalnaya could become Putin’s greatest critic

How Yulia Navalnaya could become Putin’s greatest critic

“Yulia is the rock on which Alexei stands,” Vladimir Ashurkov, one of Navalny’s closest aides, said at the time of his final arrest in 2021. “She’s got his back.” According to Yevgenia Albats, an old friend and political ally, “Navalny the politician is two people: Yulia and Alexei.”  I saw the couple together on several...

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Ukraine’s greatest victory becomes another countless victim of Russia’s war

Ukraine’s greatest victory becomes another countless victim of Russia’s war

Anton Tatochenko, 24, told The Telegraph that living in Kherson was now “like a permanent lottery game, where the max prize is life”. “If you don’t accept the fact that tomorrow may not come, you just can’t get over it mentally.” Mr Tatochenko said that the moment he saw Ukrainian military vehicles rolling through the...

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Ukraine-Russia was latest: Ukraine sends in fresh forces to save Avdiivka

Ukraine-Russia was latest: Ukraine sends in fresh forces to save Avdiivka

Ukraine is reinforcing the embattled eastern city of Avdiivka with “fresh forces”, a top commander has said. Brig Gen Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, the commander of the Tavriia army group, said: “We strengthen the blocking line, set up additional firing positions, and use fresh effective forces. Logistical delivery continues.” The commander added Russian forces were attempting to...

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Zelensky sacks army chief Valery Zaluzhny in major shake-up

Zelensky sacks army chief Valery Zaluzhny in major shake-up

Tensions spilled into public last November when the general described the war as a “stalemate” in an interview with The Economist – a statement instantly derided by Mr Zelensky and his camp. Around the same time, the president’s office removed one of Gen Zaluzhny’s deputies and sacked the head of Ukraine’s medical forces with little...