Anti-Putin Russian groups stage new cross-border raids into Russia

Pro-Ukrainian forces are conducting incursions into Russian territory, temporarily seizing a village in the border region of Kursk, reminiscent of similar operations in the spring of 2023 but occurring in a very different military and political context. Ukraine-based Russian militias are again on the attack, staging cross-border raids this week into Russian territory. Pro-Ukrainian forces …

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Survive 2024 to win in 2025 – POLITICO

This year will be one of “recovery and preparation on both sides, like 1916 and 1941-42 in the last world wars,” said Marc Thys, who retired as Belgium’s deputy defense chief last year with the rank of lieutenant general.  Looking ahead To assess prospects for the year ahead, POLITICO asked analysts, serving officers and military …

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is dead, prison service says – POLITICO

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova hit back at the reflex assumption that Putin murdered Navalny. “The immediate reaction of NATO leaders to Navalny’s death in the form of direct accusations against Russia is self-exposing. There is still no forensic examination, yet Western conclusions are already prepared,” she said. Putin was informed about Navalny’s death, …

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5 lies and 1 truth from Putin’s interview with Tucker Carlson – POLITICO

Putin, however, perceives that he himself is the single legitimate representative of Russia. His key officials share the same feeling: “There is no Russia today if there is no Putin,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, head of the lower house of Russia’s parliament. Why the Soviet Union collapsed What he said: “Russia even agreed voluntarily and proactively …

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Tucker Carlson confirms he’s interviewing Vladimir Putin – POLITICO

News of Carlson’s visit first broke at the weekend after the Mash Telegram channel, rumored to have links to Russian law enforcement, reported he’d been spotted in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theater after having flown in several days earlier. In a video published by the Russian outlet Izvestia a day later, Carlson said he had …

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Russian war critic Nadezhdin submits bid to challenge Putin for presidency

Russian anti-war candidate Boris Nadezhdin said on Wednesday he had submitted 105,000 signatures in his support to the Central Election Commission (CEC) to underpin his bid to challenge Vladimir Putin in an upcoming presidential election. Issued on: 31/01/2024 – 10:52 1 min The CEC will check the authenticity and quality of the signatures submitted by Nadezhdin and other would-be candidates and …

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Putin challenger says ‘miracles’ are helping him upstage Russian leader – POLITICO

Nadezhdin, a 60-year-old veteran politician with a background in physics, promises to end Putin’s “fatal mistake” in Ukraine, halt mobilization and free political prisoners, including Alexei Navalny. He also pledges to reverse anti-LGBTQ+ and military censorship laws. Nadezhdin has been criticized by some for being ambiguous on the status of Crimea, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, …

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Russia warns US that Ukraine will be its ‘second Vietnam’ – POLITICO

The Kremlin’s spy chief Sergei Naryshkin warned the U.S. that Ukraine will turn into its “second Vietnam,” amid disagreement in Congress over funding for Kyiv. “Ukraine will turn into a ‘black hole’ absorbing more and more resources and people,” Russian foreign intelligence chief Naryshkin said Thursday in a written statement published by his agency’s house …

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Warsaw makes a risky political bet in attacking Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. WARSAW — Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party is in the fight of its political life ahead of next month’s general election — and in its scramble for votes it’s taking aim at the country’s alliance with Ukraine. The latest blow came from …

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