Russian video touts thermobaric weapons fired in Ukraine

Russian video touts thermobaric weapons fired in Ukraine

A new video claims to show brutal Russian thermobaric weapons hitting the Ukrainian-controlled town of Pisky. The images, initially posted on pro-Russian social media, were tweeted Thursday by several pro-Ukrainian accounts dedicated to tracking the war. There is no indication of when the shelling depicted in the video took place, or whether there were any … Read more

Russian officials vow to retaliate against Latvia over terror sponsor label

Russian officials vow to retaliate against Latvia over terror sponsor label

The Latvian parliament has decided to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism in connection with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, and the Kremlin does not seem to take it well. Russia is committing “genocide against the Ukrainian people”, Latvian MPs said in a statement on Thursday, according to AFP. Russia “is … Read more

What happens if the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia explodes? | Russia–Ukraine War

What happens if the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia explodes?  |  Russia–Ukraine War

EXPLANATOR While an explosion is not impossible, experts say the biggest concern is the radiation leak that could result from the Russian-Ukrainian war. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sounded the alarm over the bombings taking place at Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, saying the current situation poses a great risk and … Read more

Shrouded in secrecy for years, the Russian group Wagner opens up | Russia–Ukraine War

Shrouded in secrecy for years, the Russian group Wagner opens up |  Russia–Ukraine War

On paper, the Wagner group, a Russian fighter rental network, does not exist. He does not file tax returns, his alleged supporters deny any connection to him and officially, private military companies (PMCs) are illegal in Russia. “Mercenaries do not have official status, so they do not have the same rights or guarantees as an … Read more

Russia is dangling prisoners freedom if they fight in Ukraine. Many make the deadly bet

Russia is dangling prisoners freedom if they fight in Ukraine.  Many make the deadly bet

CNN — Promises of freedom and wealth are made to convicts in cramped prison cells. Frantic phone calls ensue between parents and inmates weighing the offer. Then the prisoners disappear, leaving their relatives to sift through reports of wounded arriving at hospitals. This scene plays out in convict communities across Russia. With a regular army … Read more

Moscow rejects Zelenskyy’s call for a travel ban on Russians | Russia–Ukraine War

Moscow rejects Zelenskyy’s call for a travel ban on Russians |  Russia–Ukraine War

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is urging Western countries to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians as Moscow said the remarks were “out of the ordinary”. Russia said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s proposal to ban all Russians from Western countries was “outside the norm” and was viewed “extremely negatively” in Moscow. The Ukrainian leader told … Read more

The FAO Food Price Index fell sharply in July, but the respite may not last

The FAO Food Price Index fell sharply in July, but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar and corn futures have fallen from their March highs to prices seen in early 2022. Olga Maltseva | AFP | Getty Images According to the latest figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food prices fell significantly in July … Read more

Putin loses elite commander Nikolay Gorban in Ukraine (report)

Putin loses elite commander Nikolay Gorban in Ukraine (report)

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has lost an elite foreign security service commander in the Ukraine war, marking the 99th senior officer to die in the five-month conflict, according to a new report. Lt. Col. Nikolay Gorban, 36, was FSB special forces commander and died “somewhere in Ukraine on August 2”, InformNapalm journalist Andrey Pavlushko reported. The … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Letting Russia bully Ukraine would mean an ‘open season’ worldwide, says Blinken US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to members of the media after a meeting while visiting the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria, South Africa, August 8, 2022. Andre Harnik | AFP | Getty Images US Secretary of … Read more

Dubious request data? The Oil Price Collapse Conspiracy

Dubious request data?  The Oil Price Collapse Conspiracy

WTI Crude Oil Price fell to its lowest level since early February on Thursday, giving up virtually all gains since Russia invaded Ukraine. WTI crude for September delivery fell -1.5% to close at $89.26/bbl while Brent crude for October delivery fell -2.1% to $94.71/bbl. WTI crude lost around 9.5% during the week, marking the largest … Read more