Russia
Stalingrad Victory
Communists celebrate 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazis at Stalingrad 

In the historic five-month-long battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943), the Soviet Red Army and partisans defeated the invading Nazi forces, marking the beginning of the Nazi retreat and defeat in World War II

Russia’s gas union eyes Pakistan, India

Russia’s “gas union” in Central Asia signals that the time has come for regional states in South Asia to respond with a unity of purpose

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Biden’s existential angst in Ukraine

It is becoming increasingly clear that the US is fighting in Ukraine to preserve its global hegemony

Russia announced Christmas ceasefire, US anti-war activists urge others to follow suit

After Putin ordered troops to observe a ceasefire over Orthodox Christmas, US anti-war organization CODEPINK insists that the US and Ukraine also declare a Christmas truce

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Russia consolidates in East Mediterranean

Last week’s meeting between Syria and Turkey in Moscow show that Russia’s standing in the West Asian region is far from defined by the Ukraine conflict

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Russia says Ukraine’s conditions for peace summit are not acceptable

Earlier this week, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba proposed a peace summit after Russia faced an international tribunal for its alleged war crimes in Ukraine and agrees to pay remuneration for Ukrainian losses, among other conditions

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Ukraine war tolls death knell for NATO

Logically, the option open to the US at this point would be to disengage. But that becomes an abject admission of defeat and will mean the death knell for NATO, and Washington’s transatlantic leadership goes kaput

Putin invokes Castro’s legacy

The inauguration of the statue of Fidel Castro takes places during the 60 anniversary year of the Cuban missile crisis. The discord then was eerily similar to the one now — over US attempts to push strategic deployments in Russia’s immediate neighborhood

Following attacks on Sevastopol, Russia suspends participation in UN-brokered grain deal with Ukraine

Under the deal reached in July through UN and Turkish mediation, Russia had agreed to allow grain exports from three Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea to ease the food crisis faced by countries in Africa and Asia 

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Why Ukraine referendum is a big deal

The potential accession of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye creates a new political reality and Russia’s partial mobilization on a parallel track is intended to provide the military underpinning for it

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Ukraine sliding into a real war

As calls by “angry patriots” in Russia for a stronger response rise in volume, the latest situation around Bakhmut in Donetsk assumes particular significance

Russian regrouping in Kharkov will speed up Battle of Donbass

Make no mistake, the battle for Donbass still remains the number one priority for the Russian special military operation