Russian troops are being “slaughtered” in Bakhmut, a top US general said.
“For the past 20 or 21 days, Russia has made no progress in and around Bahmut,” said General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
At a hearing on the Russian military in Bakhmut, he told U.S. politicians before the House Armed Services Committee, “So for the Russians, it’s a slaughterhouse.”
“They were hitting near Bakhmut, and the Ukrainians fought very well.”
The mining city of Bakhmut and surrounding towns in Donetsk’s eastern industrial region have been the focus of many attacks during Russia’s 13-month-long invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
The average number of daily Russian attacks on the front lines reported by the Ukrainian General Staff has declined for four consecutive weeks since the beginning of March, falling from 124 in the week of March 1-7 to the previous seven days. This resulted in 69 cases. Only 57 attacks were reported on Wednesday.
Russia says arrest of WSJ reporter ‘has nothing to do with journalism’
Russia has commented on the arrest of WSJ reporter Evan Geshkovic.
A spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, said in a telegram that the activities of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovic, who was arrested on suspicion of espionage in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg, were “unrelated to journalism”. claimed to be.
Wall Street Journal ‘deeply concerned’ about journalist detained in Russia
The Wall Street Journal said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” about reporter Evan Gerszkovic after Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) security officials announced they had been arrested on suspicion of spying. rice field.
“The Wall Street Journal is deeply concerned for Mr Gerszkovic’s safety,” the newspaper said in a statement.
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Comment: A new era of espionage gives Kiev the upper hand
Last February, surrounded by takeout pizza, a group of students from a small liberal arts college in America sat looking at Google Maps. Tom Tugendhut writes.
Earlier in the day, they unearthed a TikTok video showing a line of tanks stationed just outside the Russian city of Belgorod. I was watching it turn red.
Using nothing but social media and the world’s most commonly downloaded travel app, this small group of students learned that Russia invade Ukraine.
Since then, open source intelligence has helped give Ukrainians an edge over Vladimir Putin’s power, and in the process changed the way we think about intelligence.
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Wall Street Journal reporter detained in Russia on suspicion of spying
Russia’s top security agency said a Wall Street Journal reporter had been arrested on suspicion of spying.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) is the supreme successor to the Soviet-era KGB and the country’s premier security and counterintelligence agency. On Thursday, Evan Gerszkovic said he was detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on suspicion of trying to obtain classified information.
Gerszkovic is the first reporter from an American news agency to be arrested in Russia on espionage charges since the Cold War. His arrest comes amid intense tensions between Moscow and Washington over fighting in Ukraine.
Security officials alleged that Gerszkovic “was acting on a U.S. order to collect information on the activities of one of the Russian military-industrial complex companies that constitute state secrets.”
The FSB did not disclose when the arrests took place. If convicted on espionage charges, Gershkovich could face up to 20 years in prison.
Ukraine says Russia’s UN Security Council presidency is a ‘bad joke’
Ukraine said Russia’s presidency of the UN Security Council this week was a “bad joke”.
“Russia’s presidency of the UN Security Council on April 1 is a bad joke. Russia has taken that seat. It is waging a colonial war. Wanted war criminals.The world can’t be a safe place.Russia at the UNSC,” Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Turkish parliament to vote on Finland’s NATO proposal
Turkey was set to become the last NATO member to approve Finland’s membership of the US-led defense alliance on Thursday following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Turkey’s parliament has scheduled a vote at 2pm (1100 GMT) on the Nordic country’s bid to become the 31st member of the Western Defense Alliance.
Robots can work with spies to detect enemy threats to Britain, says Tom Tugendhat
Information gathered by the AI will be used to aid spies and identify enemy threats to Britain, said Tom Tugendhat.
The new plan uses AI to sift through vast amounts of data to catch intelligence that humans might miss.
lesson from Russian illegal invasion of Ukraine As long as analysts aren’t overwhelmed with data, it shows how information from open sources can help identify threats, Tugendhat said.
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Ukrainian fencers unite in call to boycott federation
Ukrainian fencers have welcomed the federation’s decision to boycott international competitions involving Russian and Belarusian athletes amid a dispute over whether Russian and Belarusian athletes should be allowed at next year’s Olympics. .
Since Russia invaded Ukraine last February, Russians and Belarusians have been banned from most elite international sports competitions in what Moscow calls a “special military operation.”
However, Russian and Belarusian fencers were allowed to return to international competition at an extraordinary event of the Fencing World Federation (FIE) on March 10, days before the opening of the qualifying window for the Paris 2024 Olympics. .
Photo: Ukrainian soldiers waiting for a train to Odessa at Kramatorsk railway station
Unusually candid phone call between two Russian socialites and what they said about Putin
Vladimir Putin is a “dwarf” and a “wimp,” ruining russiaaccording to a leaked phone conversation between two prominent social workers. Nataliya Vasilyeva reports.
The unusually outspoken call, which allegedly involved music producer Iosif Prigozhin and Azerbaijan-born energy billionaire Farhad Akhmedov, created deep skepticism against the Kremlin among the overtly pro-regime elite. showing resentment.
During the 35-minute conversation, Mr. Ahmedov called Putin a “Satan,” a “wimp,” a “dwarf,” and “a person who doesn’t care about anything and doesn’t care about people.” exceeded f—– us, exceeded f—– children, their future,Did you understand? he adds.
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