Russians grow more critical as Putin’s military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll

Moscow CNN – November and December are known as the most depressing months in Moscow. The days are short and dark, and the weather is too cold and wet to be outside much, but still too warm and rainy to enjoy the real Russian winter. This year, the feeling of melancholy is increased by the … Read more

Russia’s mobilization is mired in problems, with anger on the front lines and anxiety at home

CNN – Russia’s first mobilization since World War II may be complete, but the deployment of thousands of soldiers to the battlefields of Ukraine is generating dissent and protest on the front lines – and back home. With the Russian government touting that at least 50,000 of the recently drafted are now in Ukraine, a … Read more

Russian troops slam generals over ‘incomprehensible battle’ that reportedly killed 300 in Donetsk

CNN – Russian troops have denounced an “incomprehensible battle” in Donetsk after apparently sustaining heavy losses during a week of intense fighting in the key eastern region of Ukraine. Moscow has been trying to break through Kyiv’s defenses around the town of Pavlivka for at least the past seven days, but it seems to have … Read more

Russian missile strikes overshadow cyberattacks as Ukraine reels from blackouts

Washington CNN – Russia has pummeled Ukrainian cities with missile and drone strikes for much of the past month, targeting civilians and large swaths of the country’s critical infrastructure. By Monday, 40% of Kyiv residents were left without water, and widespread power outages were reported across the country. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused … Read more

Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities hit by barrage of Russian missile strikes

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – Russia launched a barrage of missile strikes at Ukrainian cities on Monday as it ramped up its attacks on infrastructure facilities across the country. Explosions and air raid sirens were heard in Kyiv early on Monday and 80% of residents were left without water – with many losing electricity, too – … Read more

What causes armies to lose the will to fight? Here’s what history tells us, and what Putin may soon find out

CNN – It was one of the strangest episodes in military history, an event so unusual that it was first treated as a myth. At 8:30 pm on Christmas Eve of 1914 in the dank and muddy battlefields of northern Europe during World War I, a British soldier dispatched a report to headquarters: German soldiers … Read more

‘People died in families.’ Survivors from liberated Izium tell of devastating airstrike

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – Mykhailo Yatsentiuk left the basement to make tea for his granddaughter just as the bomb struck. When he came to his senses a half hour later the entire middle section of his apartment block had been destroyed; the basement where he had been sheltering with his family and neighbors was engulfed … Read more

‘People died in families.’ Survivors from liberated Izium tell of devastating airstrike

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – Mykhailo Yatsentiuk left the basement to make tea for his granddaughter just as the bomb struck. When he came to his senses a half hour later the entire middle section of his apartment block had been destroyed; the basement where he had been sheltering with his family and neighbors was engulfed … Read more

Mark Milley: Top American general says US and allies need to help Ukraine build a comprehensive air and missile defense system

CNN – The US and its allies need to help Ukraine build a comprehensive air and missile defense system by combining the different systems the allies operate to help Kyiv defend its airspace against Russian attacks, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday after a gathering of military leaders and … Read more

Kyiv: Russia strikes Ukraine capital, other cities as Putin threatens more attacks

CNN – Multiple explosions rocked Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities reported blasts and power outages on Monday morning, as Russia lashed out with a massive wave of violent airstrikes that carried echoes of the initial days of its invasion. At least 11 people were killed in the strikes, while 64 were wounded, the Ukrainian … Read more