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Friday, May 06, 2022

A photograph of [Dr. Mehmet] Oz casting a ballot in Turkey's 2018 presidential election is rankling some national security experts -- particularly after recently saying he has "never been politically involved in Turkey in any capacity." "The decision to vote in a foreign country's election is problematic from a security clearance perspective," according to John V. Berry, a former government lawyer with expertise in federal security clearances. read more


Thursday, May 05, 2022

The United States has provided intelligence that has helped Ukrainian forces kill many of the Russian generals who have died in the Ukraine war, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing senior U.S. officials. read more


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

As Russia scales up anti-West rhetoric, Russia has scaled down its May 9 Victory Day Parade by almost 35 percent. The cuts are so dramatic, and the planned parade so humiliating, that Russian President Vladimir Putin could do almost anything to keep the world from focusing overly upon Russia's dwindling military prospects. As planned, the military parade through Red Square will be a humiliating exercise for the Russian military. This year, the slimmed-down Victory Day Parade projects little more than military and economic weakness. read more


Thursday, April 28, 2022

"The absence of a historical reckoning with the evils of Stalinism," David Aaronovitch points out, "has spawned a people who believe brutality works." read more


Monday, April 25, 2022

"No longer are people [in Europe] witnessing the desert tan color they've grown accustomed to for the past 20 plus years," the writer notes. "Instead, it's back to the days of old with a fresh coat of olive drab green " or OD green." Why? "The Army is working ... to paint all of its ground combat vehicles in the shade of woodland green as part of the readiness plan to counter the increasing Russian ground force threat." read more


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From the Institute for the Study of War (www.understandingwar.org):

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment Kateryna Stepanenko, Mason Clark, and George Barros
May 5, 7:00 pm ET
The Ukrainian counteroffensive out of Kharkiv city may disrupt Russian forces northeast of Kharkiv and will likely force Russian forces to decide whether to reinforce positions near Kharkiv or risk losing most or all of their positions within artillery range of the city.
Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zalyzhnyi stated on May 5 that Ukrainian forces are transitioning to counteroffensive operations around Kharkiv and Izyum, the first direct Ukrainian military statement of a shift to offensive operations. Ukrainian forces did not make any confirmed advances in the last 24 hours but repelled Russian attempts to regain lost positions. Russian forces made few advances in continued attacks in eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces may be able to build their ongoing counterattacks and successful repulse of Russian attacks along the Izyum axis into a wider counteroffensive to retake Russian-occupied territory in Kharkiv Oblast.
Key Takeaways
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Institute for the Study of War & AEI's Critical Threats Project 2022

Russian forces continued ineffectual offensive operations in southern Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts without securing any significant territorial gains in the past 24 hours.
Ukrainian officials and military officers confirmed that Russian forces have breached the Azovstal facility itself and confirmed that Ukrainian forces are losing ground. Russian forces will likely capture the facility in the coming days.
Ukrainian offensive operations around Kharkiv likely intend to push Russian forces out of artillery range of Kharkiv city, force Russian units to redeploy from the Izyum axis, and potentially threaten Russian lines of communication.
Russian forces conducted limited offensive operations toward Zaporizhia City but did not conduct any attacks in Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts in the last 24 hours. Ukrainian forces claimed to recapture additional territory west of Kherson, but ISW cannot independently confirm any advances.

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