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Russian propagandists accidentally published, then deleted, an article declaring victory

Russian state media accidentally published and then quickly deleted an article claiming victory in Ukraine and declaring the start of a “new era”, just two days after the invasion of the Kremlin in late February, The Atlantic said in a Monday report. report.

The incident has taken on renewed significance in light of Ukraine’s blitzkrieg against Russian troops in Kharkiv, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said managed to ‘liberate more than 6,000 square kilometres’ of territory. which he had lost to the Kremlin.

A long convoy of invading Russian military vehicles is shown en route to Kyiv at the start of the war in late February, shortly before vehicle breakdowns, a lack of basic supplies and attacks by Ukrainian defenders forced it to turn around and flee to Russia. Over the past week, Ukrainian troops have inflicted on Russia a defeat in Kharkiv as dramatic as that outside Kyiv.

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Kremlin spokesman RIA Novosti deleted the story, which prematurely claimed victory over neighboring Ukraine even before Ukrainian defenders pushed back Russian forces north of Kyiv. However, a copy of the article remains in the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.

“Russia’s military operation in Ukraine ushered in a new era,” said the mispublished article written by Petr Akopov, titled “Russia’s Offensive and the New World.”

“Russia is restoring its unity – the tragedy of 1991, this terrible catastrophe in our history, its unnatural dislocation, has been overcome,” the deleted article said.

The 1991 “tragedy” article referred to is the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

—Joanna Tan

Russia ‘almost certainly’ sources weapons from states like Iran and North Korea, UK says

Russia is ‘almost certainly’ sourcing more weapons from other heavily sanctioned states like Iran and North Korea as its own stockpiles dwindle, according to the latest intelligence update from the British Ministry of the defense.

He said on Twitter on Wednesday that it was highly likely that “Russia has…deployed Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Ukraine for the first time.”

On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials reported that their forces shot down a Shahed-136 UAV near Kupiansk, in the area of ​​Ukraine’s successful ongoing offensive in Kharkiv.

“The Shahed-136 is a one-way attack drone with a claimed range of 2,500 kilometers. Similar Iranian-made systems were likely used in attacks in the Middle East, including the tanker MT MERCER STREET in July 2021,” the ministry noted.

“The loss of a Shahed-136 near the front lines suggests that there is a realistic possibility that Russia is trying to use the system to conduct tactical strikes rather than against more strategic targets further into Ukrainian territory. “

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 19, 2022. Putin probably wanted to show that Moscow still matters in the Middle East by visiting Iran, said John Drennan of the US Institute for Peace.

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Yesterday the Pentagon said it was unable to determine the impact of Russia’s use of Iranian drones on the battlefield in Ukraine.

Pentagon Air Force Press Secretary Brig. General Pat Ryder said the United States was monitoring the situation closely, but declined to confirm press reports that Russia had started using the drones in Ukraine.

Last month, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed that Russia had received the drones, but said it was “too early to tell” how new weapons would shape combat.

—Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine seeks to extricate occupiers, collaborators and saboteurs from reconquered territory

Russian military vehicles in Balakliya on September 10, 2022. Zelenskyy said that in Balakliya, a town in northeastern Kharkiv region recaptured by Ukrainian forces last week, pension payments have already resumed.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday evening that “stabilization measures” had been put in place in liberated towns and villages in northeastern Ukraine, which has seen a major counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces last week. .

“Remains of occupiers and sabotage groups are detected, collaborators are detained and security is being restored,” he said, adding in his nightly address to the nation that border guards had been sent to protect “the state border in the liberated region”. territory.”

“It is very important that with our troops, with our flag, ordinary and normal life enters the unoccupied territory,” he said.

Zelenskyy said that in Balakliya, a town in the northeast of the Kharkiv region recaptured by Ukrainian forces last week, payment of pensions has already resumed.

“All Ukrainian pensioners in the liberated territory will receive payments. Ukraine always fulfills its social obligations to the people,” he said.

—Holly Ellyatt

‘Hard to tell’ if war in Ukraine is at a turning point, says Biden

As Ukraine made significant progress in repelling Russian forces from occupied parts of the country last week, thoughts have turned to whether this is a definitive moment in the conflict.

But when asked on Tuesday whether Ukraine had reached a turning point in the war, US President Joe Biden said: “The question is unanswered. It’s hard to say. It is clear that the Ukrainians have made significant progress. long-haul.”

When asked on Tuesday whether Ukraine has reached a turning point in the war, US President Joe Biden said: “The question is unanswered. It’s hard to say. It is clear that the Ukrainians have made significant progress. carry.”

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Ukrainian officials have asked for more weapons assistance from the West to help them maintain momentum in the war. Russian forces in northeastern Ukraine have been scattered amid Ukrainian advances, which have seen them recapture more than 300 villages in the Kharkiv region.

—Holly Ellyatt

German Chancellor Scholz tells Putin to end war in Ukraine in phone call

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 90 minutes about the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“Given the gravity of the military situation and the consequences of the war in Ukraine, the Chancellor urged the Russian President to find a diplomatic solution as soon as possible, based on a ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of troops and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” German federal government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit wrote.

Scholz warned that any further Russian annexation “would not go unanswered and would not be recognized under any circumstances.”

The two leaders agreed to stay in touch. Scholz spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last week.

—Amanda Macias

Over 300 villages in Kharkiv region liberated from Russian occupation, Ukraine says

Ukrainian flags placed on statues at a square in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, September 10, 2022.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said the counteroffensive carried out by Ukrainian troops in Kharkiv for several days led to the liberation of more than 300 villages from Russian occupation.

“The operation will continue until the area is fully liberated,” Malyar said during a nationwide telethon update, according to a translation by NBC News.

She said about 150,000 people living in an area spanning about 3,800 square kilometers are back under Ukrainian leadership.

—Amanda Macias

White House hints at new security package amid recent gains in Ukraine

John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, speaks during a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 21, 2022.

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The White House said another US security assistance program for Ukraine would be announced in the coming days, but declined to give details.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the next package would be tailored “in step” with Kyiv’s demands and welcomed recent Ukrainian moves to retake territory from Russian forces.

“At least in the Donbass there is a sense of momentum,” Kirby told reporters at the White House.

“Certainly in the north we saw the Russians withdrawing from Kharkiv Oblast. They left combat positions, they left supplies and they call it repositioning,” Kirby said, adding that Russian forces are always faced with a slew. logistical challenges.

“It’s still a very large and very powerful army and Mr. Putin still has a tremendous amount of military capability at his disposal, not just for use in Ukraine but potentially elsewhere,” Kirby added.

—Amanda Macias

Blinken says US will continue to send weapons to Kyiv, welcomes advances by Ukrainian forces

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a press conference on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the State Department in Washington, March 17, 2022.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed Ukraine’s meteoric advances over the weekend, but warned that Russian forces still maintain “very large forces in Ukraine”.

“As we have seen, the brutalization of the country is continuing by the Russian aggressor and there is, I think, unfortunately, the prospect of that continuing, but I think it is encouraging to see the progress made by the ‘Ukraine,” Blinken said. told reporters alongside Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Mexico City.

Blinken said the United States would continue to provide additional military aid programs to Kyiv.

“We will continue to do what is necessary to help Ukraine maintain pressure on Russia to end its aggression,” Blinken added.

—Amanda Macias

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