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Dan Peleschuk is a freelance journalist in Kiev, Ukraine, covering politics and society in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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Russia arrests four suspected gunmen as toll from concert massacre climbs

24 Mar 2024  |  www.sowetanlive.co.za
Russia arrested 11 people, including four suspected gunmen, for a shooting rampage at a concert hall near Moscow that killed 143 people, marking the deadliest attack in the country in 20 years. Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Russia is investigating a potential Ukrainian link, which Ukraine denies. The suspects were apprehended while heading to the Ukrainian border. Russian state TV showed a video of one suspect being interrogated. The attack occurred two weeks after the U.S. embassy in Russia warned of a potential extremist attack in Moscow. The United Nations Security Council condemned the attack, and Russia has heightened security nationwide.

Ukraine ground commander says his troops, now on 'active defence', can still surprise

15 Jan 2024  |  marketscreener.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's number two commander, emphasized the importance of 'active defence' in the war against Russia, suggesting that despite a lack of major breakthroughs, Ukrainian forces are capable of surprising attacks. He highlighted the use of smaller-scale engagements to conserve resources and the need for more ammunition and advanced technology from Western partners. Syrskyi, known for his tactical prowess, also discussed the role of electronic warfare and the strategic use of drones. Despite heavy casualties in Bakhmut, he believes Ukraine has weakened Russia's efforts by targeting the Wagner mercenary group. Assassination attempts against him underscore his significance in the conflict.

Ukraine ground commander says his troops, now on 'active defence', can still surprise

15 Jan 2024  |  srnnews.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's number two commander, emphasizes the defensive posture of Ukraine's ground forces along the eastern front, while not ruling out their offensive capabilities. Despite a lack of major advances and a challenging battle for Bakhmut, Syrskyi highlights the importance of tactics and technology in the conflict. He notes the role of drones, electronic warfare, and the need for more advanced equipment from Western partners. Syrskyi's past successes, including a counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region, and his strategic approach to exploiting enemy weaknesses, underscore his message that Ukraine can still surprise Russian forces.

Ukraine ground commander says his troops, now on 'active defence', can still surprise

15 Jan 2024  |  The Star
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's number two commander, emphasized the defensive posture of Ukraine's ground forces along the eastern front, while also noting their capability for offensive action. Despite a lack of major advances, Ukrainian troops are engaging in 'active defence' to keep Russian forces unsettled. Syrskyi highlighted the importance of technology and electronic warfare in the conflict, as well as the strategic use of drones. He also mentioned the need for more ammunition and advanced equipment from Western partners. Syrskyi, known for his leadership in a counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region and the defence of Bakhmut, remains a target for Russian assassination attempts.

Ukrainian commander calls for supply of more military aircraft with long-range missile capabilities

13 Jan 2024  |  Irish Independent
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, expressed the need for more military aircraft to support the country's war effort, specifically mentioning US A-10 attack jets for infantry support and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort - ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  www.saltwire.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, stated that Ukraine requires more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. The A-10 Thunderbolt, a subsonic attack aircraft in service since the 1970s, could provide crucial support against a well-resourced enemy. Syrskyi also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi believes future breakthroughs are possible and that Russia has not built robust defenses everywhere.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  1065thebuzz.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. He highlighted the A-10 Thunderbolt's proven track record and its array of weapons for destroying land targets. Syrskyi also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and the UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of a breakthrough in Ukraine's favor, noting that it is impossible for Russia to have robust defenses everywhere.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  wxerfm.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, in an interview with Reuters, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, specifically U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. The request comes amid a delay in a major U.S. military aid package due to infighting among lawmakers. Syrskyi highlighted the A-10's proven track record and its ability to destroy land targets. He also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and the UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of a breakthrough in the war, noting that it is impossible for Russian forces to have robust defenses everywhere.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  963jackfm.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi believes there are still opportunities for breakthroughs in Ukraine's favor. Ukraine has been pressing Western allies for increasingly sophisticated arms and ammunition, with the first F-16 jets expected to arrive later in 2024. The current U.S. military aid package for Kyiv is delayed due to infighting among lawmakers.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  hot96.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires additional military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. The A-10 Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk were mentioned as crucial for ground support against a well-resourced enemy. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi believes there are still opportunities for breakthroughs in the war against Russia.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  duke.fm
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, in an interview with Reuters, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, specifically U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. The request comes amid a delay in a major U.S. military aid package due to legislative infighting. Syrskyi highlighted the A-10's proven track record and its ability to destroy land targets. He also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Super Cobra, as well as the UH-60 Black Hawk. Ukraine has been seeking increasingly sophisticated arms from Western allies since the full-scale invasion by Russia in February 2022. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of future breakthroughs and believes that Russia's defenses have weak spots that can be exploited.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  radiousa.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires additional military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. He highlighted the A-10 Thunderbolt's proven reliability and its arsenal for destroying land targets. Syrskyi also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of future breakthroughs and believes there are always chances for a turning point in Ukraine's favor.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  939thegame.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires additional military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. He emphasized the A-10's reliability and suitability for destroying land targets. Syrskyi also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Super Cobra, as well as the UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of future breakthroughs and noted that it is impossible for Russia to have robust defenses everywhere.

Exclusive-Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  1450 AM 99.7 FM WHTC | Holland
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and long-range missile capabilities. He highlighted the importance of attack helicopters and the anticipated arrival of F-16 jets in 2024. Despite a near-stalemate along the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about potential breakthroughs, citing the impossibility of Russia maintaining robust defenses everywhere. The call for increased military aid comes amid ongoing fierce fighting and a major new U.S. aid package delayed by legislative infighting.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  wixx.com
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. Despite a major U.S. military aid package being delayed by legislative infighting, Syrskyi emphasized the importance of aircraft like the A-10 Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, UH-60 Black Hawk, and F-16 fighters for ground support and counteroffensive operations. Ukraine has been pressing for more sophisticated arms from Western allies since the full-scale invasion by Russia in February 2022. Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of a breakthrough in the war, despite a near-stalemate along the 1,000 km frontline.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  Y100 WNCY | Your Home For Country & Fun | Green Bay, WI
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, in an interview with Reuters, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, specifically U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. Despite a major U.S. military aid package being delayed by legislative infighting, Syrskyi highlighted the A-10's reliability and suitability for destroying land targets. He also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Super Cobra, as well as the UH-60 Black Hawk. Ukraine continues to request sophisticated arms from Western allies, including F-16 fighters expected later in 2024. Syrskyi noted the fierce fighting in the east, the active defense strategy of Ukrainian forces, and the possibility of future breakthroughs despite a near-stalemate along the extensive frontline.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  93.3 The Drive
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine's ground forces commander, stated in an interview that Ukraine requires more military aircraft, such as U.S. A-10 attack jets and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles, to support its war effort against Russia. Despite a major U.S. military aid package being delayed by legislative infighting, Syrskyi emphasized the importance of aircraft in providing support for ground forces and conducting counterattacks. He also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Super Cobra, as well as the UH-60 Black Hawk. Ukraine has been seeking more sophisticated arms from Western allies since the full-scale invasion by Russia in February 2022. Syrskyi, who oversaw the defense of Kyiv and a counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region, believes that despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, future breakthroughs are possible by exploiting weak spots in Russian defenses.

Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  WSAU News/Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM | Wausau, Stevens Point
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, in an interview with Reuters, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, specifically U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and planes capable of firing long-range cruise missiles. The request comes amid a delay in a major U.S. military aid package due to lawmaker infighting. Syrskyi highlighted the A-10's reliability and suitability for destroying land targets. He also mentioned the potential role of attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk. Despite a near-stalemate at the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about the possibility of future breakthroughs in the war against Russia.

Exclusive-Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  Sports Radio KWSN
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, including U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and long-range missile capabilities. He highlighted the importance of attack helicopters and the anticipated arrival of F-16 jets in 2024. Despite a near-stalemate along the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about potential breakthroughs, citing the possibility of exploiting weak spots in Russian defenses. The call for increased military aid comes amid ongoing fierce fighting and a major U.S. aid package delay due to infighting among lawmakers.

Exclusive-Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  b975.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, including U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and long-range missile capabilities. He highlighted the importance of aircraft like the A-10 Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk in the ongoing conflict against Russian forces. Despite a near-stalemate along the 1,000 km frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about potential breakthroughs, citing the impossibility of Russia maintaining robust defenses everywhere. The call for more aircraft comes amid delays in U.S. military aid due to legislative infighting.

Exclusive-Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander

12 Jan 2024  |  dukefmduluth.com
Ukraine's ground forces commander, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, emphasized the need for more military aircraft, including U.S. A-10 attack jets, to support infantry and long-range missile capabilities. He highlighted the importance of attack helicopters and the expected arrival of F-16 jets in 2024. Despite a near-stalemate along the frontline, Syrskyi remains optimistic about potential breakthroughs, citing the possibility of exploiting weak spots in Russian defenses. The call for increased military aid comes amid ongoing fierce fighting and a major new U.S. aid package delayed by legislative infighting.

Ukrainians seek recognition for fallen soldiers

10 Jan 2024  |  saltwire.com
Ukrainians are petitioning President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to award the Hero of Ukraine military honor to fallen soldiers, as a way to recognize their valor and sacrifice. Anna Birzul, whose brother Bohdan Krotov was killed in battle, and Viktoriia Vlasenko, whose husband Oleksandr died in combat, are among those who have submitted petitions. The award, which includes financial compensation, is seen as a way to memorialize the deceased and maintain collective morale. The government faces the challenge of deciding who receives the honor while managing the collective memory of the war.

Ukrainians seek recognition for fallen soldiers

10 Jan 2024  |  marketscreener.com
Ukrainians are petitioning President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to award the Hero of Ukraine military honor to fallen soldiers, with over 2,000 petitions submitted since Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022. Fewer than 400 have been awarded, often posthumously. The petitions, which began in 2015, have become more frequent, reflecting the nation's collective trauma and the view of every fallen soldier as a hero. The government does not disclose military losses, but estimates suggest tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have died. The award includes financial compensation, but for many, like Viktoriia Vlasenko, whose husband died in Kherson, the goal is to preserve memory for future generations. A national military cemetery is planned in Kyiv, and the government faces the challenge of honoring individuals while maintaining collective morale.

Ukrainians seek recognition for fallen soldiers

10 Jan 2024  |  thestar.com.my
Following the death of her brother Bohdan Krotov in the conflict with Russian forces, Anna Birzul petitioned President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to award him the Hero of Ukraine military honor. The petition platform, introduced in 2015, has seen a surge in use since the full-scale invasion began in February 2022, with fewer than 400 service members receiving the award. The petitions reflect the collective trauma of Ukrainians and the valorization of soldiers defending the country. Western intelligence estimates tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed. The award includes financial compensation, but for petitioners like Viktoriia Vlasenko, whose husband was also killed, the goal is to preserve memory for future generations. A national military cemetery is planned in Kyiv, and the government faces the challenge of honoring individuals while maintaining collective morale.

Ukrainians seek recognition for fallen soldiers

28 Dec 2023  |  sightmagazine.com.au
Ukrainians are increasingly petitioning President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to award the nation’s highest military honor, Hero of Ukraine, to soldiers killed in the war against Russian forces. Anna Birzul, an actor, has petitioned for her brother Bohdan Krotov, a combat medic killed near Bakhmut. The petitions, which began in 2015, have surged since Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022. Fewer than 400 service members have received the award since the war began, despite thousands of petitions. The award includes financial compensation, but for petitioners like Viktoriia Vlasenko, whose husband Oleksandr was killed, the goal is to honor their memory. The government faces the challenge of recognizing individual sacrifices while maintaining collective morale as the war continues.

Ukrainians seek recognition for fallen soldiers

03 Oct 2023  |  srnnews.com
Ukrainians are increasingly submitting petitions to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to award fallen soldiers the Hero of Ukraine honor, reflecting the nation's collective trauma and the personal grief of families. Despite the high number of petitions, only a fraction of soldiers have received the award, highlighting the government's challenge in balancing individual recognition with maintaining collective morale. The process, which includes social media campaigns and a formal evaluation by a presidential committee, underscores the deep emotional and societal impact of the ongoing war with Russia.

Russia will try new offensive in Ukraine as early as May, Zelenskiy says

05 Mar 2023  |  SWI swissinfo.ch
Russia is preparing a new offensive against Ukraine starting in late May or summer, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. He emphasized the importance of unity between Kyiv and its Western allies, stating that Ukraine's victory depends on continued Western support. Zelenskiy reported 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since February 2022, a figure rejected by the Russian foreign ministry. He stressed the need for better preparation of reserve forces and troop rotations. The Ukrainian war effort relies heavily on Western support, with Zelenskiy confident that the U.S. Congress will approve new military and financial assistance. Russia has made recent battlefield gains, capturing the town of Avdiivka. Zelenskiy mentioned a clear but undisclosed plan to counter Russian forces and hopes to hold a peace summit in Switzerland this spring.

Russians Aren’t Buying the Artemi Panarin Allegations, Either

25 Feb 2021  |  www.vice.com
Allegations against New York Rangers hockey star Artemi Panarin for assaulting a woman in 2011 have been met with skepticism in Russia. The claims, made by his former coach Andrei Nazarov, are seen as potentially politically motivated due to Panarin's support for opposition leader Alexei Navalny. With little evidence and denials from former teammates, the sports community and media question the veracity of the allegations. Panarin has taken an indefinite leave from the Rangers, and his future participation in international events is uncertain. The situation highlights the risks public figures in Russia face when mixing politics and sports.

A World Cup for countries that are not actually countries

29 Nov 2016  |  The Economist
The article discusses a 'World Football Cup' organized by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) in Abkhazia, a region that declared independence from Georgia. This tournament featured teams that are not recognized by FIFA, including ethnic and minority groups like the Chagossians, Kurds, and teams representing unrecognised states such as Northern Cyprus and Somaliland. The event aimed to provide a platform for these communities to play football and seek recognition, away from the political issues that often affect international sports. Abkhazia, backed by Russia and seeking international recognition, hosted the tournament, which was won by the Abkhazian team. The event also served as a political statement for some participants, like the Chagossians, who used it to protest against the British government, and Somaliland, aiming to challenge stereotypes of violence.

Cleaning Up Ukraine

24 Nov 2016  |  Foreign Affairs
Ukraine has implemented an 'e-declaration' system allowing public scrutiny of officials' wealth, revealing extensive assets and prompting public outrage. The system, part of anti-corruption reforms, has been supported by civil society groups and international pressure, including conditions set by the IMF. Despite the transparency, the process of holding corrupt officials accountable is challenging due to a resistant bureaucracy, a loophole in the criminal code, and a judiciary perceived as corrupt. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) faces obstacles in prosecuting cases, with no convictions yet from dozens of cases sent to court. Judicial reforms are underway, but skepticism remains about the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in changing a deeply ingrained culture of corruption and impunity.

Blame Corruption and Misrule, Not Geopolitical Rivalry, for Moldova’s Problems

08 Nov 2016  |  World Politics Review
The article discusses the political situation in Moldova, focusing on the presidential election between pro-Russian socialist Igor Dodon and pro-European economist Maia Sandu. The election is portrayed as a geopolitical contest between the influence of Brussels and Moscow. However, the article emphasizes that Moldova's more significant issue is the endemic corruption and misrule that have weakened the nation's institutions and eroded public trust in its leaders. Despite the geopolitical narrative, the real struggle for Moldova is against the oligarchy that has taken over its resources and governance.

Meet Central Asia's leaders for life

04 Oct 2016  |  The World from PRX
Turkmenistan has amended its constitution to remove the presidential age limit, allowing President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to remain in power indefinitely. Similarly, Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon is now free from term limits after a referendum. Both countries are known for their authoritarian regimes with little political competition. Central Asia researcher Luca Anceschi comments on the region's descent into authoritarianism and the façade of democratic processes. The article also touches on the recent death of Uzbekistan's dictator Islam Karimov and the smooth transition of power to Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as potential succession planning in Kazakhstan by Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Ukraine’s Broken Road to Europe

16 Jun 2016  |  Foreign Policy
Ukraine's deteriorating road infrastructure, exemplified by the M15 highway, highlights the country's ongoing struggles with governance, corruption, and inefficient public spending. Despite a record budget allocation for road repairs, the funds are insufficient, and corruption exacerbates the problem. Efforts to establish a state road fund and decentralize repairs are underway, but significant challenges remain. The success of these initiatives will be a critical indicator of Ukraine's progress towards Western-style governance and economic modernization.
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