Russia War Brief – Fear of War Crimes Rise During Attacks on Ukrainian Cities

Russia War Brief – Fear of War Crimes Rise During Attacks on Ukrainian Cities

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – With the ongoing Russian invasion of requiring special daily focus, American Liberty News (ALN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) is providing our readers the daily  WAR BRIEF:

This is a Special Daily Report separate from PAUL’S DAILY BRIEFING (PDB).

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RUSSIAN INVASION

Russia takes increasing aim at Ukraine urban areas on seventh day of war. Russia continued its assault on Kyiv and Kharkiv, attacking the regional police and intelligence headquarters. The invading forces also pressed their assault on other towns and cities, including the strategic ports of Odessa and Mariupol in the south.

Russia says it controls Ukraine’s Kherson, Biden closes US airspace. Russia said it had seized its biggest city yet in Ukraine on Wednesday, while stepping up its lethal bombardment of the main cities that its invasion force has so far failed to tame in the face of strong Ukrainian resistance.

Pentagon: 80% of Russian forces positioned around Ukraine now in the country, but supply issues slow their advance. Roughly 80% of the more than 170,000 troops Russia had surrounding Ukraine for months before invading are now inside the country, though the Ukrainian resistance and supply issues have slowed their advance, a senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

Russian troop deaths expose a potential weakness of Putin’s strategy. Videos and photos show the bodies of soldiers left behind on the battlefield, officials say, and the charred remains of tanks and armored vehicles.

UKRAINE DEFENSE

Ukraine’s drone strikes reveal Russian planning failures, expert says. Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a small portion of the defenders’ arsenal has had a disproportionate effect — Ukraine’s handful of Bayraktar TB2 armed drones.

What a Russian soldier’s panicked text home reveals about Ukraine’s information war. In a striking moment at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Ukraine’s ambassador read aloud text messages that were purportedly sent from a Russian soldier to his family shortly before his death.

US AND RESPONSE

COLD WAR REDUX – Army activates prepositioned stocks for first time in wake of Ukraine invasion. Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 are stockpiles of equipment and gear waiting for rapidly mobilized units to tap into during international military crises.

TOO BAD – No, EU countries aren’t sending fighter jets to Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that European Union members will not lend fighter jets to the war in Ukraine, after days of mixed messages from officials across Europe.

Lithuania could ban Russian vessels from its ports – BNS. Lithuania’s government will vote on Wednesday on whether to ban Russian vessels from its ports following the invasion of Ukraine, the BNS news agency reported on Wednesday.

GLOBAL IMPACT

Answer to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could be NATO expansion. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was not even a week old, and the lesson to many in the U.S. and the West was already crystal clear — the NATO alliance must be strengthened even further after a major expansion over the past two decades failed to deter conflict.

Pentagon revisiting long-term US troop levels in Eastern Europe. The Pentagon is considering whether to add U.S. troops in Eastern European NATO-member countries on a long-term basis in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Poland eyes rapid Reaper drone buy as Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on. Amid increasing concern over Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Poland has decided to buy an undisclosed number of MQ-9 Reaper drones from the under a special, accelerated procedure. With the planned procurement, the Polish Armed Forces would become the first military on NATO’s eastern flank to purchase the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV.

WAR CRIMES

THESE ARE WAR CRIMES – We’re tracking Russia’s attacks on civilian areas. See which cities have been hit today. Russia appeared to target civilian areas with increasingly powerful weapons on Tuesday, damaging major cities and dramatically raising the risk of civilian deaths.

IS THIS A WAR CRIME? Captured Russian troops call home while filmed by Ukrainian officials, raising Geneva Convention questions. The posting of the videos showing captured Russian troops raised questions about whether Ukraine had violated Article 13 of the Geneva Conventions, calling for the protection of prisoners of war “against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.”

REFUGEES

Ukraine war sets off Europe’s fastest migration in decades. At least 660,000 people, mostly women and children, fled Ukraine in the five days after Russia invaded — the most intense wave of European migration since at least the 1990s.

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