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Russia’s Online Campaign to Destroy Yulia Navalnaya

Russia’s Online Campaign to Destroy Yulia Navalnaya

Over the next couple of days after news of Navalny’s death, Solovyov shared more content designed to suggest Navalnaya was having an affair, including a doctored image that appeared to show Navalnaya embracing Russian entrepreneur Evgeny Chichvarkin, who in the past has financed Navalny’s work. The original image, taken in 2013, shows Navalnaya embracing her husband after he was released from jail. The doctored image has been in circulation for several years, with Reset’s researchers finding examples of it being shared online in 2021. The fake image has been widely debunked by fact-checkers. In the wake of Navalny’s death, however, the image has taken on a new life and has been shared widely on X, where it has been viewed well over a million times, and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as on Russian social media platform Vkontakte. It has also been used on many Russian blogs and websites that amplify pro-Kremlin disinformation in multiple European languages, A non-fake image, showing Navalnaya standing alongside Chichvarkin on a beach, is also being shared to support …

‘Russia’s Cartier-Bresson’: how Dmitry Markov captured beauty amidst the brutality of Putin’s regime | Photography

‘Russia’s Cartier-Bresson’: how Dmitry Markov captured beauty amidst the brutality of Putin’s regime | Photography

Waiting in a Russian police station after being arrested at an opposition protest in 2021, photographer Dmitry Markov surreptitiously raised his iPhone, snapped a photo, and posted it to Instagram. The image, of a burly police officer in body armour and a black balaclava sitting below a photograph of president Vladimir Putin, quickly went viral. For many, it became a symbol of the brutality of the Russian regime, its crackdown on dissent and – because the police officer was hiding his face – the Kremlin’s fear of its own people. Haircut of 18-year-old, before his release from an orphanage in Idritsa. Photograph: © Dmitry Markov – Courtesy Galerie du Jour agnès b/La Fab It was characteristic of Markov’s ability to capture a zeitgeist moment, and his brand of photography that took the viewer deep inside modern Russia. Since his death earlier this month, 41, Markov has been hailed as one of Russia’s best photographers. Although his passing was announced just a few hours after that of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, there was no suggestion of …

31,000 Ukraine troops killed in Russia’s invasion, Zelenskyy says – POLITICO

31,000 Ukraine troops killed in Russia’s invasion, Zelenskyy says – POLITICO

Some 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed defending the country in the two years since Russia launched its all-out invasion, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday. It’s the first time Kyiv has announced an official death toll of soldiers. Zelenskyy refused to give figures for the wounded and missing. “I don’t want to let Russians know how many of them are out of the war front,” he told a press conference in Kyiv. According to Zelenskyy, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces have suffered 500,000 casualties in the war, including 180,000 soldiers killed. That compares with a figure of 315,000 Russian troops killed or wounded given by a senior U.S. Defense Department official earlier this month. Zelenskyy also pleaded with Ukraine’s allies to speed up deliveries of aid to the war-torn country. “Delays mean loss of time, and loss of time means loss of our people,” Zelenskyy said. “If we are strong, if we have weapons, we will not lose this war,” Zelenskyy said. “We will win. Because all of Putin’s steps backwards will definitely have a …

Year three of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be Zelenskiy’s toughest yet | Ukraine

Year three of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be Zelenskiy’s toughest yet | Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has an unenviable task over the coming months. As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters its third year, the Ukrainian president has a very difficult balancing act to manage. Ukrainian society is exhausted by the war and international support is splintering, leading to a critical shortage of ammunition at the front. At the same time, most Ukrainians are not willing to countenance the idea of a peace deal, given that there would be few mechanisms to force Russia to abide by it, and would risk merely giving Moscow time to replenish its forces and strike Ukraine again. At a set-piece press conference on Sunday, a day after the second anniversary of the invasion, Zelenskiy underlined the stakes over the next year. “The first year was just survival, utter survival … The second year was resilience, resistance … The third year will be decisive. It’s a year of challenges from inside and outside.” Zelenskiy admitted that much about Ukraine’s future depends on these outside factors, and particularly the mood in Washington. “The decisive moment …

Putin remains defiant as ever 2 years into Russia’s war in Ukraine

Putin remains defiant as ever 2 years into Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets off a Tu-160M strategic bomber after a flight in Kazan, Russia, on Thursday. Dmitry Azarov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption toggle caption Dmitry Azarov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Russian President Vladimir Putin gets off a Tu-160M strategic bomber after a flight in Kazan, Russia, on Thursday. Dmitry Azarov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP MOSCOW — As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, Russian President Vladimir Putin is projecting confidence his country can both outlast Western support for Kyiv and thrive economically despite a continued ratcheting of sanctions. The eve of the war anniversary coincided with Defenders of the Fatherland Day on Friday — a Soviet-era holiday, still observed by millions of Russians, with roots in the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany. In a video address to the nation, Putin took the moment to once again draw false comparisons between the Soviet victory over fascist Germany and his current invasion of Ukraine. “You are our true national heroes,” said Putin in addressing troops fighting in Ukraine. …

King criticises Russia’s ‘indescribable aggression’ as Ukraine marks two years since invasion | World News

King criticises Russia’s ‘indescribable aggression’ as Ukraine marks two years since invasion | World News

The King has criticised Russia’s “indescribable aggression” and praised Ukrainians for their “true valour” on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion. Saturday marked two years since Vladimir Putin unleashed war on Ukraine, seeking to crush Ukrainian democracy under tank treads as his forces tried to capture Kyiv. Follow latest: Expert predicts which areas Russia will target next In a message released by Buckingham Palace, the King said: “The determination and strength of the Ukrainian people continues to inspire, as the unprovoked attack on their land, their lives and livelihoods enters a third, tragic, year. “Despite the tremendous hardship and pain inflicted upon them, Ukrainians continue to show the heroism with which the world associates them so closely. “Theirs is true valour, in the face of indescribable aggression.” The King added that he continues to be “greatly encouraged” that the UK and its allies remain committed to supporting Ukraine. Image: A woman visits the grave of her relative, a killed Ukrainian defender, in Lviv. Pic: Reuters As the war enters its third year, Russian forces …

Bitter but resilient: Ukraine fights on, two years into Russia’s war | Russia-Ukraine war News

Bitter but resilient: Ukraine fights on, two years into Russia’s war | Russia-Ukraine war News

Kharkiv, Ukraine – Andriy’s undermanned squad can only shoot 10 shells a day at encroaching Russian troops because of a dire shortage of ammunition. The 45-year-old suffers from stomach pains, deteriorating eyesight and other consequences of multiple contusions that landed him in hospital several times. Two years ago, Andriy defended Kyiv in the full-scale war’s first weeks until Russian troops withdrew after heavy losses, and fought in the eastern town of Bakhmut that fell to the Wagner private army last May. The timing and duration of tours to “zero” positions, or the front lines of the eastern Donbas region, are unpredictable, and his commanding officers deliberately report less “zero” time for him to decrease his pay, he said. But when it comes to Andriy’s determination to stand his ground, he has no doubts or qualms. “This is my land, understand? I grew up here. I eat bread grown on this land. That’s what keeps me going,” he told Al Jazeera while on a break in the eastern city of Kharkiv. He withheld his last name …

Two Years On From Russia’s Invasion, Is Ukraine Now Losing The War?

Two Years On From Russia’s Invasion, Is Ukraine Now Losing The War?

It is now two years since Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine. Is there a chance Moscow might be on the path to victory? This is not an easy question to answer, and the outcome of the war is far from certain. There are several different factors which need to be considered before making any predictions: the events unfolding on the frontline; how much international support Ukraine still has; how much internal support Putin has; and the toll the war is taking on those far from the battlefield. What’s happening on the frontline? Ukraine’s success at pushing back the invading Russian forces at the start of the war led many supporters to believe there was a real chance of victory. Putin had hoped to overpower the whole country in a matter of days, but the ferocity of the Ukrainian resistance, coupled with western support for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meant they have never made it as far as the capital Kyiv. Between February and August 2022, Ukraine recaptured a significant portion of land in the …

Russia’s Brutal War Calculus – The New York Times

Russia’s Brutal War Calculus – The New York Times

Two years of war have remade Russia. Isolated from the West, it is now more dependent on China. Political repression is reminiscent of the grim days of the Soviet Union. But Russia is not the economic shambles many in the West predicted when they imposed punishing sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. Many Russians are pulling down their highest incomes in years. Russian society has been refashioned in ways that have devastated some and lifted others. While government critics languish in jail and young men die in trenches at the front, other Russians — especially those willing to spout the official line — are feeling more optimistic than ever. Here is a look at how Russia at war has changed — suffering enormous costs by some metrics but faring better than expected by others. Daily Life People fled Russia in droves after the invasion and draft, more than 820,000, although some returned. Alcoholics were diagnosed in higher numbers after more than a decade of steady declines. Demand for psychologists increased by more than 60% in …

Two years after Russia’s invasion, Ukraine reorients its strategy to focus on defence

Two years after Russia’s invasion, Ukraine reorients its strategy to focus on defence

Two years after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the lack of troops and ammunition and the depth of Russia’s field fortifications are forcing Kyiv to adopt a more defensive strategy. As it waits for more Western support, the Ukrainian army is holding out for better days. Is “defend now, attack better later” Ukraine’s best shot? Two years after Russian forces invaded its territory, Ukraine has officially adopted a new strategy focused on defence. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that the situation on the front lines was “extremely difficult” in his daily address on February 19. Since the failure of Kyiv’s summer counteroffensive, which cost Valerii Zaluzhnyi his position as commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, it is no longer time for major manoeuvres aimed at finding a breech in the Russian strategy, according to high-ranking Ukrainian sources. “We changed from an offensive to a defensive operation,” admitted the country’s new army chief, General Oleksandr Syrsky, in an interview with German channel ZDF broadcast on February 13. Read moreZelensky’s A-team: Who is who among Ukraine’s new army …