JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukrainians believe they’ll win the war, a survey finds” – Washington Post

Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

“They’re optimistic about the future, despite months of trauma.” “The Pentagon announced $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine last week …. [T]he U.S. treasury has authorized $4.5 billion in budgetary assistance …. … likely … welcome news in Ukraine, where a survey reveals citizens remain determined to repel Russia’s invasion, no matter how long they think the war may […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Playing With Fire in Ukraine; The Underappreciated Risks of Catastrophic Escalation” – Foreign Affairs/ John J. Mearsheimer

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Western policymakers appear to have reached a consensus … [that the] Ukraine … conflict will settle into a prolonged stalemate, and eventually … a peace agreement … favor[ing] the United States … NATO allies … [and] Ukraine. … Few imagine … U.S. forces … directly involved … or … Russia[n] … use [of] nuclear weapons. … Although disastrous escalation may […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Repeat Failures: Moscow’s New Strategy in Ukraine Is Just as Bad as the Old One” – Foreign Affairs/ Dara Massicot

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“… Russia invaded Ukraine … put[ting] its military forces in an unsustainable position … tak[ing] on more operations than they could bear[,] … nearly all its soldiers surg[ing] simultaneously and rapidly into Ukraine … along multiple fronts. … without … necessary protective measures …. vulnerable to ambushes, counterattacks, and severe logistical problems …. Moscow was overconfident [on multiple counts] … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “The Zelensky Narrative is Shifting” – Newsweek

Screenshot file photo of Volodymyr Zelensky Gesturing, from Congressional Teleconference, adapted from image at doggett.house.gov

“… [T]he Ukrainian president has enjoyed nonstop adulation from the American press and audiences with celebrity glitterati. But now, the reality of his rule … is becoming undeniable …. The Biden administration had previously been as deeply committed to escalation in Ukraine as Senator Lindsey Graham or actor Ben Stiller were, but suddenly even the West Wing is beginning to […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin’s disposables; Russia is forcing Ukrainian conscripts into battle; Locals are trying to help them escape” – The Economist

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“… Russian forces and leaders in the occupied ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk are said to have mobilised some 100,000 men. Ukrainian officials say 25,000 conscripts from the occupied territories have been killed or are [MIA] …. Russian sources mention about 3,000 dead …. [D]ata suggest … Ukrainians from the separatist republics are dying at a higher rate than […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “The U.S. Is Afraid of Losing in Ukraine — or Winning; Russia’s war is forcing a cornered Putin regime to bet on red lines it can’t afford to enforce.” – WSJ

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“… NATO … [with] a collective GDP 25 times … Russia’s[] is … massively superior to Russia [in terms of conventional military strength] …. Thanks to [Putin’s] expensively failed war, he … knows he has less and less … to counter a Western intervention except the threat of nuclear armageddon, which isn’t what [his] … billionaire [supporters]… signed up for. […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russian Economy Contracts Sharply as War and Sanctions Take Hold” – New York Times

Diverse Paper Currency, Coins, Line Graph

“The country’s gross domestic product from April through June declined 4 percent from a year earlier, new government data shows.” “The Russian economy contracted steeply in the second quarter as the country felt … economic consequences [from] … its war in Ukraine … believe[ed] to be the start of a yearslong downturn. … Western sanctions, which cut off Russia from […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “A disaster is looming at a huge Ukrainian nuclear power plant” – Washington Post

Radioactivity Symbol Against Mottled Metallic Background, adapted from image at ready.gov

“Grave alarm about a possible nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine is escalating …. Artillery shells … raining on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant … could strike … in a way that … disperse[s] radioactive materials and … widespread contamination … [like] a dirty bomb [] or interfere with its … cooling system, leading to a meltdown. The plant[] [is] occupied by […]

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War With Ukraine as Other Means to Speed Up Reversal of Russia’s ‘Civilizational Choice’

European Portion of Commonwealth of Independent States

(Russia Matters – Simon Saradzhyan – russiamatters.org – Aug. 12, 2022) Simon Saradzhyan is the founding director of the Russia Matters Project. To Vladimir Putin, the war in Ukraine is obviously not an end in itself. Rather, it is one of multiple means by which he’d like to attain multiple aims. Of these, one appears to be somewhat overlooked and undeservedly […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas” – AP

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“In a growing challenge to Russia’s grip on occupied areas of southeastern Ukraine, guerrilla forces loyal to Kyiv are killing pro-Moscow officials, blowing up bridges and trains, and helping the Ukrainian military … identify[] key targets. … [S]preading resistance has eroded [local] Kremlin control … and threatened [Russian] plans to hold referendums … as a move toward annexation …. As […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Sanctions are working – whatever Putin says” – The Spectator

Diverse Paper Currency, Coins, Line Graph

“Don’t believe … Putin’s hype. The Russian economy is not OK. With western sanctions jeopardising up to 40 per cent of the country’s GDP, Putin’s assurances of an economic pivot to the East are a sham. And his weaponising of gas supplies to Europe is the financial equivalent of strapping on a suicide vest. That, roughly, is the message of […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “On the Kherson front lines, little sign of a Ukrainian offensive” – Washington Post

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Waiting on weapons deliveries, Ukrainian gains on the ground have stalled.” “On the front line in southeast Ukraine, there is little sign that a major counteroffensive is brewing. For weeks, Western intelligence and military analysts have predicted that a Ukrainian campaign to retake the strategic port city of Kherson and surrounding territory is imminent. But in trenches less than a […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “After Ukraine, Is Kazakhstan Next in the Kremlin’s Sights?” – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Almaty file photo, adapted from image at state.gov

“A social media post by … Medvedev warning that northern Kazakhstan could be next in line after Ukraine was quickly taken down, but … reflects the mindset of Russian hawks … entirely in keeping with Russian political dialogue, where few taboos remain.” “… [G]enerally regarded as Russia’s closest ally after Belarus … [Kazakhstan] has always participated in … Russia’s integration […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Western sanctions have had ‘limited impact’ on Russian oil output, says IEA” – Financial Times

Oil Wells file photo, adapted from image at usda.gov

“Rerouting of Moscow’s crude to India, China and Turkey has helped offset curbs elsewhere.” “… Moscow’s exports of crude and oil products to Europe, the U.S., Japan and Korea had fallen by nearly 2.2mn barrels a day since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the [International Energy Agency] said. But the rerouting of flows to countries including India, China and Turkey […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Contradicting Kremlin’s Account, Crimean Officials Detail Explosions’ Extent” – New York Times

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Blasts at an air base in the Russian-occupied territory damaged 62 apartment buildings and forced hundreds into shelters. Satellite imagery showed destroyed fighter jets.” “… The images and the report by local officials on Wednesday contradicted the Kremlin’s earlier account of what had happened in Crimea, a strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine that Russia illegally annexed in 2014, and suggested […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Says Russia’s Prized Kerch Bridge Is A Fair Target For Ukrainian Forces” – The Drive/ Emma Helfrich

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“The $3.5B bridge Russia built to connect with Crimea is a major strategic and economic asset that Moscow seems very concerned with protecting.” “… [When] a senior U.S. official [was asked] whether … there were any preclusions about the use of … HIMARS[] in Ukraine against certain targets … the official responded … ‘Russian … capabilities and logistics nodes within […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “As Ukraine Holds the Line in Donbas, Russian Fire Shatters Cities in Moscow’s Path” – WSJ

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“In Bakhmut, cluster munitions injure civilians as the infrastructure is gradually destroyed.” “… Russian artillery shells and rockets constantly rain on Bakhmut … destroying bit by bit a once elegant Ukrainian town of 72,000 … that used to be famous for … sparkling wines …. Russian forces started pushing toward Bakhmut more than a month ago, after seizing … Severodonetsk […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Stop Tiptoeing Around Russia; It Is Time to End Washington’s Decades of Deference to Moscow” – Foreign Affairs/ Alexander Vindman

Kremlin and Red Square file photo, adapted from image at state.gov

“… Recognizing the poisonous Russocentrism of U.S. foreign policy is the first step toward a better approach to U.S.-Ukrainian relations. … Even if Putin is … replaced …, the United States should not assume Russia can change for the better; rapprochement must be earned, not given. By freeing itself from its Russocentrism, Washington will also be better able to engage […]

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VIDEO: JRL NEWSWATCH: Ukrainian families navigate green corridor to Russian-occupied territories – CNN

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“CNN’s Nic Robertson speaks with Ukrainians navigating the route toward Russian-occupied territory, south of Zaporizhzhia, to reunite with family. Flooding in the region has turned the road to mud.”  Click here for: Ukrainian families navigate green corridor to Russian-occupied territories – CNN, Aug. 6, 2022 

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VIDEO: JRL NEWSWATCH: “How is that Kremlin bank account looking?” – Fox

Diverse Paper Currency, Coins, Line Graph

“Imported items including i-phones are still available.” “… ‘We’ve had some figures for the first half of 2022 released …’ Peter Mironenko of ‘The Bell’ tells Fox …. ‘… On the one hand … in the second quarter[] GDP fell around 4% and in the third quarter we will have about 7%. This is recession. But the scale is much […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Having ‘More and More Difficulties Conducting War in Ukraine’: Rice” – Newsweek

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“… Rice isn’t the first military expert to suggest Russia’s soldiers, who have been painted as inexperienced and suffering from low morale, have been a reason for Russian failures. Some soldiers have reportedly been sent to the front line with little to no training …. [Reportedly even since the spring,] military leaders have had to promote unqualified soldiers to leadership […]

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Moscow Doesn’t Release All the Data It Collects But Doesn’t Keep Two Sets of Books or Falsify What It Does Issue, Former Kremlin Expert Says

File Image of Stylized Eye Surrounded by Binary Code

(Paul Goble – Staunton, July 15, 2022) It is widely but incorrectly believed that the Kremlin keeps two sets of books, one that is more or less accurate on which it relies and a second that is fundamentally distorted in order to make things look better to the population than they in fact are, Dmitry Nekrasov says. According to the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Amnesty International’s report criticizing Ukraine is dividing the rights group” – NPR

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“[An] Amnesty International … report … accusing the Ukrainian military of stationing … troops and artillery near hospitals, schools and residential buildings in ways that may amount to war crimes. … [has been getting] harsh pushback from Ukrainian officials and civil society leaders. … [including] Amnesty’s … own Ukraine operation. ‘We did everything we could to prevent this report from […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Is Russia high on war crimes?” – The Hill

Kremlin and River

“… the bombing of the theater and hospital in Mariupol … the destruction of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and Kharkiv … mass executions in Irpin and Bucha … daily rapes[;] [t]he bombing of the shopping mall in Kremenchuk and the city center in Vinnytsia[] … the destruction of over 50 Ukrainian POWs and the online castration of a soldier […] Don’t the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Zelenskyy advisor says Ukraine will hold peace talks when it has military might to repel Russia” – Fox

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“Ukraine says peace talks will not happen until it has more advanced military capabilities to take on Russia.” “A top advisor to … Zelenskyy and … chief negotiator on [Ukrainian] peace talks with Russia, Mykhailo Podolyak, said … there are four ‘components’ Kyiv needs before negotiations with Moscow can continue – all … [relating to] advanced military equipment. … [such […]

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Amnesty Accuses Ukrainian Forces Of Endangering Civilians, Sparking Angry Response From Kyiv

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

(Article text Copyright © 2022 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. – rferl.org – Todd Prince – Aug. 4, 2022 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/ukraine-amnesty-endangering-civilians/31974059.html) Ukrainian forces have been accused by Amnesty International of endangering civilians by basing themselves in residential buildings, schools, and […]

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Nuclear Weapons: What Does Russian Orthodox Church and Its Top Parishioner Believe?

Russian Mobile ICBM Parade File Photo

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – RM Staff – Aug. 3, 2022) This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed in his written address to the Tenth Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that he “believe[s] that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community.” Interestingly enough, there was no such […]

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30 Percent of Russians Want War in Ukraine to End Now, Confidential Kremlin-Ordered Poll Shows

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

(Paul Goble – Window On Eurasia – Staunton, July 11 (Aug. 4)) A poll the Presidential Administration ordered VTsIOM to make but not publish finds that 30 percent of Russians want the war in Ukraine to be ended as soon as possible but that 57 percent say that Putin’s “special military operation” there should be continued until its victorious conclusion. […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Gerhard Schröder says Russia wants negotiated end to Ukraine war” – Financial Times

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“German ex-chancellor stepped down as chair of Rosneft but defends friendship with Vladimir Putin” “Germany’s former chancellor Gerhard Schröder has said after he visited … Putin in Moscow last week that the Kremlin is open to talks to end the war in Ukraine. … Schröder has been harshly criticised in recent months over his refusal to distance himself from Putin, […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia repeats Putin’s new message against a nuclear war” – AP

File Photo of Tsar Bomba Nuclear Detonation, adapted from image at osd.mil

“[Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s nonproliferation and arms control program,] on Tuesday twice repeated … Putin’s new message that ‘a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,’ apparently trying to roll back on Putin’s warning after the Ukraine invasion that Russia is a ‘potent’ nuclear power and any attempt to interfere would lead […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Sanctions ‘Cripple’ Russian Economy, Study Says” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – Paul Handley – Aug. 2, 2022) The Russian economy has been deeply damaged by sanctions and the exit of international business since the country invaded Ukraine, according to a new report by Yale University business experts and economists. Even though Moscow has been able to pull in billions of dollars from continued energy sales at elevated prices, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Lifts House Arrest for Top University Head Mau” – Moscow Times

Bookcase file photo, adapted from image at nlm.nih.gov

(Moscow Times – Aug. 3, 2022) The head of one of Russia’s leading universities for civil servants was released from house arrest Wednesday in exchange for staying in the country during the course of a high-profile fraud investigation. Vladimir Mau, 62, was detained in late June in connection with a 21-million-ruble ($350,000) fraud investigation targeting a former senior education official. […]

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VIDEO: JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine Grain Shipment Departs for First Time Since Russian Invasion” – WSJ

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Ship leaves port of Odessa following deal aimed at easing the global food crisis.” “[On Monday] Ukraine dispatched its first grain shipment since the start of Russia’s invasion … the first test for a deal reached last month to allow Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, to begin shipping some 18 million metric tons that Russia’s invasion … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Who Is Vladimir Putin? Philip Short’s ‘Putin’ is an impressive biography but one that necessarily lacks the final chapters of the story.” – New York Times

Vladimir Putin file photo, adapted from screenshot of video at shareamerica.gov

“PUTIN, by Philip Short | Illustrated | 864 pp. | Henry Holt & Company | $40 … Short’s account is both perfectly and unfortunately timed, arriving just when we most need to understand Putin, yet missing the chapter that may yet define his place in history. … Short’s version nonetheless offers a compelling, impressive and methodically researched account of Putin’s […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Kremlin says nuclear arms control talks hinge on U.S. goodwill” – AP

File Photo of Stealth Bomber in Flight

“The Kremlin said Tuesday … it’s ready for talks with the United States on nuclear arms control even as Moscow and Washington have remained locked in a tense standoff over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Commenting on … Biden’s statement that Washington is open for talks on a new arms control deal to replace the New START treaty after it expires […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Is Making Heaps of Money From Oil, but There Is a Way to Stop That” – New York Times

Oil Well file photo

“… Nations seeking to help Ukraine are aiming at the wrong target. … Russia’s energy exports instead of … Russia’s earnings from energy exports. Russia is exporting less oil but … [reportedly] earning more money …. [S]anctions have raised prices … offsetting … declin[ing] … exports. In May 2022, Russia earned 883 million euros per day from oil exports, up […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “A dark state; Vladimir Putin is in thrall to a distinctive brand of Russian fascism; That is why his country is such a threat to Ukraine, the West and his own people” – The Economist

Vladimir Putin file photo, adapted from screenshot of video at shareamerica.gov

“… A decade ago [when][] Putin’s popularity began to wane[] [h]e … [started] drawing on … fascist thinking … caught up in a cycle of grievance and resentment that has left reason far behind. … culminat[ing] in a ruinous war that … defied the weighing of risks and rewards. … Without the rhetoric of victimhood and the use of violence, […]

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JRL NEWSBLOG: “The U.S. has admitted 100,000 Ukrainian migrants. It must keep going.” – Washington Post

Statue of Liberty Head and U.S. Flag, adapted from image at uscis.gov

“The United States has now met … [a] goal … to legally admit ‘up to’ 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing … Putin’s blood-soaked invasion. That … shouldn’t mark the end of … [a] commitment to shar[e] the burden of the … humanitarian nightmare …. The administration … should prepare for another 100,000. … [M]any … allies have shouldered a greater refugee burden […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “As Ukraine defends in the east and south, a U.S. official says Russia’s war effort is failing” – New York Times

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“The Ukrainian military repelled attempted Russian advances in eastern Ukraine and pounded critical Russian logistical hubs overnight into Saturday as Russia continued to bombard towns and cities along the 400-mile front …. Ukraine made small but steady gains in … Kherson, a [southern] port city … where thousands of Russian soldiers are … largely isolated after Ukrainian strikes on … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “What Putin Fights For” – Andrew Doris, Thomas Graham/ Survival (IISS)

Vladimir Putin file photo, adapted from screenshot of video at shareamerica.gov

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reignited debate over the role of NATO expansion …. Robert Person and Michael McFaul dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s NATO concerns as a ‘fiction,’ arguing that it was actually the expansion of democracy that threatened his autocratic regime. … Democracy and NATO expansion were not separate issues for Putin and the Russian elite, but mutually […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Former Putin aide Anatoly Chubais hospitalised with rare neurological disorder; Kremlin’s climate envoy quit shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” – Financial Times

Anatoly Chubais file photo

“[Anatoly Chubais,] … former senior aide to … Putin is … hospital[ized] in Italy … diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder …. A central architect of Russia’s post-communist privatisation, Chubais, 69, is the most senior [Kremlin] official to resign … [since] the [February] invasion of Ukraine …. Shortly before Chubais’s resignation, Putin said Russia needed to ‘purify itself’ by ‘distinguishing […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia ‘Running Out of Steam,’ ‘Growing Desperate’ in Ukraine War: Experts” – Newsweek

Ukraine Map Highlighting Donbas, adapted from image at defense.gov, with photo credit to Peggy Frierson, DOD

“[UK] [o]fficials … said Friday … Russia is ‘running out of steam’ and ‘growing desperate’ … that the ‘illegal invasion’ … has ‘backfired on the Kremlin.’ … [T]he [UK] Ministry of Defence stated … tens of thousands of Russian troops have been killed or wounded … that Russia is ‘resorting to hiring convicts and recruiting from Russia’s poorest areas’ … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Dark days again in Russia. For prisoners, an endless carousel of absurdity” – Washington Post

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

“To understand Russia today, it is necessary to reach back to Stalin’s Great Terror …. Everyone was scared[,] even Communist Party theorists … ‘frightened out of their wits like rabbits’ [as described by one commentator.] … [Similarly, today] Russian security services are grabbing people arbitrarily and imprisoning them for criticism of … Putin or his barbaric war against Ukraine. [According […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine’s Farmers Begin a Harvest Like No Other” – WSJ

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Farmers brave mines and grapple with damaged equipment, but their resilience masks problems that will likely last long after the war ends.” “… Restoring destroyed [agricultural] infrastructure and getting workers to return to the fields will take time. While a recent agreement … to give grain shipments safe passage from Ukraine’s blockaded ports offers some hope … many farmers … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Shut Down by the Kremlin, Independent Russian Media Regroup Abroad” – WSJ

Fingers Typing on Computer Keyboard, adapted form image at nps.gov

“News outlets forced to close since Russia invaded Ukraine are soldiering on in exile.” “… [Following] Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin adopted legislation punishing the dissemination of false information about [Russian military activities] with up to 15 years in prison. [The] Kremlin … said … the law was needed because of ‘the absolutely unprecedented information war … against our […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russian central bank looks to spread risks across banking sector – Expert magazine” – Reuters

Cash, Calculator, Pen

“As Russian banks contend with foreign currency and payment headaches, the central bank [reportedly] is determined to redistribute funding and risks across the sector to safeguard those lenders [targeted by Western sanctions] …. The West imposed unprecedented measures against Russia’s banking sector after … [the] Feb. 24 [invasion of Ukraine], blocking major banks from … SWIFT … and limiting their […]

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Interview: Can Kyiv Launch An Offensive To Take Back Southern Ukraine?

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

(Article text Copyright © 2022 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. – rferl.org – Reid Standish – July 27, 2022 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/pentagon-chris-dougherty-interview-southern-ukraine-offensive/31962608.html) Ukrainian forces continue to use U.S.-supplied precision rocket systems to target Russian supply lines in occupied parts of southern […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S., Europe Dig In for Long Economic Standoff With Russia” – WSJ

“After Moscow cuts gas flows again on Nord Stream, Washington and Brussels bet on longer-term effects of sanctions.” “Western governments are bracing for a protracted economic confrontation with Russia over … Ukraine, as Moscow fights back against … sanctions by disrupting energy and food supplies. On Wednesday, Russia cut natural gas … on the crucial Nord Stream pipeline to Germany […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Braces as Kherson Bridge Strikes Hint at Imminent Ukrainian Offensive” – Moscow Times

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

(Moscow Times – James Beardsworth – July 27, 2022) A barrage of Ukrainian rocket fire on the Russian-controlled Antonovskiy Bridge in the occupied Kherson region late Tuesday appeared to signal intensifying military preparations for Ukraine’s first major counteroffensive of the war. Video footage Wednesday showed huge craters in the strategic bridge over the Dnipro River that is part of a […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine Is the Next Act in Putin’s Empire of Humiliation” – New York Times/ Peter Pomerantsev

European Portion of Commonwealth of Independent States

“… This war is an act of imperialism, a colonial war meant to destroy another nation’s right to exist and to subjugate it. But it is not empire building … [as] a coldly considered plan for territorial gain and economic resources; it is the next act of … Putin’s empire of humiliation. [Putin] would have the world believe [Russia] … […]

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