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Kremlin Accuses Ukrainian Saboteurs Of Attack Inside Russia

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CITY OF KYIV, Ukraine On Thursday, the Kremlin claimed that Ukrainian saboteurs had crossed western Russia and opened fire on residents. Ukraine strongly denied the claim and cautioned Russia not to use it as an excuse to increase its military operations in the ongoing conflict.

The reported attack in the Bryansk area had unclear strategic motivations and murky details. Two innocent people, according to the regional governor, have been killed.

Following the drone attacks earlier this week, if confirmed, this would be further evidence that Kyiv is ramping up pressure on Moscow by highlighting the latter’s defensive vulnerabilities, embarrassing the Kremlin, and sowing unease among ordinary Russians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said “terrorists” in Ukraine were to blame for the incursion, calling it “yet another terror attack, another crime” in which civilians, including children, were specifically targeted.

“They infiltrated the area near the border and opened fire on civilians,” Putin said in a video call. They opened fire on a car full of civilians, including children, because they considered them enemies.

After Putin had ordered the Federal Security Service to increase patrols along Russia’s border with Ukraine, the alleged incursion occurred just days later.

The Russian leader’s comments on Thursday did not appear to signal any moves toward declaring martial law or launching a widespread mobilization of soldiers, despite the dismay of Kremlin war hawks.

Putin said the attack proved the kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine was justified and blamed “neo-Nazis” for it. I’ll say it again: They’ll fail, and we’ll finish driving them out.


Kremlin said the attack proved Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was justified and blamed

The Russian leader, who ordered the invasion and claimed radical neo-Nazi groups dominate Ukraine under the leadership of a Jewish president, vowed to “denazify” the country. As a pretext for an unprovoked act of aggression, Kyiv and its Western allies disregarded his claim.

Despite the mass exodus, many Ukrainian families remain in the conflict zone.

Andrii Cherniak, a representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, took Russia’s claims as proof that Moscow is experiencing an uprising among its dissatisfied people.

He told the AP that the Ukrainian government was innocent and that the Russians and the Kremlin were responsible.

In a video calling on Russians to rebel, the Russian Volunteer Corps claimed to have crossed into Russia. The Group’s statement did not elaborate on its methods of operation or its goals.

Russian Volunteer Corps called itself “a volunteer formation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” Little information is available about the Group, and it is unclear if it has any connections to the Ukrainian armed forces.

According to Michael Colborne, an investigator for the website Bellingcat, the Group was founded in August and primarily comprised anti-Putin far-right Russian extremists with ties to far-right groups in Ukraine.

According to a tweet by Colborne, it is “very likely” that the incursion was approved by Ukrainian military intelligence.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian president, called the Russian accusations “a classic deliberate provocation.”

As he tweeted, “Russia wants to scare its people to justify the attack on another country (and) the growing poverty after the year of the war.” He implied that Russian partisans were responsible for the events in Bryansk.

Alexander Bogomaz, the governor of Bryansk, said that two villagers were killed and a child was injured in an attack on the village of Lyubechane.


Russia wants to scare its people to justify the attack on another country

The Russian government’s Federal Security Service claimed it collaborated with the military to “eliminate armed Ukrainian nationalists who violated the state border.” The agency later reported that the attackers had been driven back into Ukraine, “where a massive artillery strike was inflicted on them.” We were unable to confirm the statement.

Putin’s planned trip to southern Russia was canceled after the attack. On Friday, he will preside over Russia’s Security Council meeting.

Reporters asked Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov whether the activity warranted a change in the conflict’s status, and Peskov responded, “I can’t say for now.”

A series of drone attacks preceded the Bryansk region raid. On Tuesday, the Kremlin claimed that Ukraine launched drones that flew deep inside Russian territory, with one coming within 100 kilometers (60 miles) of Moscow. On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry also announced that the country’s armed forces had successfully repelled a drone attack on the Crimean peninsula.

It was reported early on Thursday that a Russian missile had destroyed several floors of a five-story apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, killing three people and injuring six others.

The regional administration in the southern Ukrainian province of Kherson claimed that nine people, including a 16-year-old, were injured when a Russian drone attacked a village where residents were waiting in line to receive humanitarian aid.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that “evil will not reign in our land”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that “evil will not reign in our land” after the Kremlin “wants to turn every day for our people into a day of terror.”

For months, Ukraine’s south and east have been constantly bombarded by Kremlin artillery, drones, and missiles. Moscow claims it was not targeting civilians with its shelling, but the damage to cities is widespread.

During the winter months, the war slowed to a grinding stalemate, though fierce fighting continued for control of Bakhmut, a key eastern stronghold from which Ukrainian officials have hinted they may strategically withdraw.

The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces reported that Kremlin Russian forces “continue to advance and storm the city” but that some of the attacks were repelled by the forces of Kyiv. Taking the city would not only give the Russian military a rare victory after months of losses, but it could also cut off supplies to the rest of Ukraine’s Donetsk strongholds.

At Thursday’s meeting of top diplomats from the Group of 20 nations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov exchanged brief pleasantries. This was the highest-level meeting between the two countries in months.

Under the condition of anonymity, a senior U.S. official told reporters that Blinken “disabused” Lavrov of the notion that U.S. support for Ukraine is wavering.



Messina Denaro: Notorious Italian Mafia Boss Dies

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Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

The 61-year-old man was believed to be a leader of the infamous Cosa Nostra Mafia for 30 years before his capture in January.

At his arrest, he was being treated for cancer and transferred from prison to a hospital last month.

Denaro was believed to be guilty of multiple murders.

In 2002, he was tried and sentenced to life in absentia for offenses, including his role in the 1992 murders of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. He once boasted that he could “fill a cemetery” with his victims.

In addition, he supervised racketeering, illegal waste disposal, money laundering, and drug trafficking on behalf of the Cosa Nostra organized crime syndicate.

Even though he had been on the run since 1993, it was believed that Messina Denaro was still issuing orders to his subordinates from various covert locations.

According to local media, he lapsed into an irreversible coma on Friday at a hospital in L’Aquila, central Italy, after requesting no aggressive medical treatment.


Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

In recent months, he had undergone surgery for cancer-related concerns but reportedly had not recovered from the most recent operation.

L’Aquila Mayor Pierluigi Biondi confirmed Denaro’s demise by writing on X (previously Twitter) that it was “the epilogue of an existence lived without remorse or regret, a painful chapter of recent history that we cannot erase.”

In addition to his crimes, Denaro was believed to be Cosa Nostra’s final “secret keeper.” Numerous informants and prosecutors believe he possessed all the information and names of those involved in several of the Mafia’s most notorious crimes.

More than one hundred members of the armed forces participated in his January detention, which occurred at a private clinic in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, where he was receiving chemotherapy.


Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

He had been a symbol of the state’s impotence to reach the highest levels of organized crime syndicates for many years.

Italian investigators frequently came near to apprehending Denaro by observing his closest associates. This led to the 2013 detention of his sister, Patrizia, and a number of his associates.

Police also seized valuable businesses associated with him, isolating him further.

Police had to rely on digital composites to reconstruct his appearance in the decades following his escape from justice. His voice recording was not published until 2021.

A Formula 1 fan from Liverpool was detained at gunpoint in a restaurant in the Netherlands in September 2021 after being misidentified as Denaro.


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Leader Of Canada’s House Of Commons Apologizes For Honoring Man Who Fought For Nazis

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TORONTO — Sunday, Canada’s House of Commons speaker issued an apology for recognizing a World War II Nazi soldier.

Shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered an address in the House of Commons, Speaker Anthony Rota drew attention to 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka with a standing ovation. Rota described Hunka as a combat hero from the First Ukrainian Division.

“In my remarks following the President of Ukraine’s address, I recognised a audience member. Since then, I’ve learned additional information that makes me regret my decision,” Rota said.

He added that neither his fellow lawmakers nor the Ukrainian delegation knew his intention to recognize Hunka. Rota noted that Hunka resides in his district.

“I wish to express my deepest remorse to Jewish communities in Canada and around the globe. Rota stated, “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Hunka could not be reached promptly for comment.

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Sunday, Canada’s House of Commons speaker apologized for recognizing a World War II Nazi soldier.

During two separate standing ovations, Canadian legislators applauded, and Zelenskyy raised his fist in acknowledgment while Hunka saluted from the gallery. Rota called him a “Ukrainian hero and a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service.”

Zelenskyy was in Ottawa to garner Western support for Ukraine’s conflict against the Russian invasion.

Putin has portrayed his Ukrainian foes as “neo-Nazis,” even though Zelenskyy is Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust.

The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement stating that Rota had issued an apology and accepted complete responsibility for the invitation to Hunka and the recognition in Parliament.

The statement asserted, “This was the proper course of action.” “Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Ukrainian delegation were informed in advance about the invitation or the recognition.”

The First Ukrainian Division was also called the Waffen-SS Galicia Division and the SS 14th Waffen Division. It was a volunteer unit under Nazi command.

The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies stated on Sunday that the division “was responsible for the unfathomable mass murder of innocent civilians.”

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Zelenskyy was in Ottawa to garner Western support for Ukraine’s conflict against the Russian invasion.

“An apology is owed to every Holocaust survivor and Second World War veteran who fought against the Nazis, and an explanation must be provided as to how this individual entered the hallowed halls of the Canadian Parliament and received recognition from the Speaker of the House and a standing ovation,” the statement read.

B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO, Michael Mostyn, said it was outrageous that Parliament honored a former member of a Nazi unit, saying Ukrainian “ultra-nationalist ideologues” who volunteered for the Galicia Division “dreamed of an ethnically homogenous Ukrainian state and endorsed the idea of ethnic cleansing.”

“We expect an apology to be imminent. We anticipate a sincere repentance. Mostyn said before Rota’s statement, “Parliament owes an apology to all Canadians for this outrage and a detailed explanation of how this could have occurred at the heart of Canadian democracy.”

Members of Congress from every party stood to salute Hunka. A Conservative party spokesperson stated that the party was unaware of his past.

Sebastian Skamski stated that Trudeau’s Liberal party would have to explain why he was invited based on the allegations of this individual’s troubling history.


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President Macron Says France Will End Its Military Presence In Niger In 2024

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PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that France will terminate its military presence in Niger and withdraw its ambassador from the country following the deposal of the democratically elected president.

After French troops withdrew from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in recent years in response to coups, the announcement is a significant, if expected, setback to France’s policy in Africa. France had stationed thousands of troops in the Sahel region at the request of African leaders to combat jihadist groups.

Since the coup in July, France has maintained approximately 1,500 troops in Niger and has repeatedly refused an order by the new junta for its ambassador to depart, stating that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the coup leaders.

In recent weeks, tensions have escalated between France and Niger, a former French colony. Macron recently stated that diplomats survived on military rations while cooping up in the embassy.

Macron stated in an interview with France-2 television that he spoke with deposed President Mohamed Bazoum on Sunday and informed him, “France has decided to bring back its ambassador, and in the coming hours, our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France.”

He added, “And we will terminate our military cooperation with the Niger government because they no longer wish to fight terrorism.”

He stated that the troops would be withdrawn progressively, most likely by the end of the year, in coordination with the coup leaders ”because we want it to occur peacefully.


President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that France will terminate its military presence in Niger and withdraw its ambassador from the country.

He stated that France’s military presence at the time was in response to a request from the government of Niger. Since the rebellion, military cooperation between France and Niger had been suspended. The junta leaders claimed that the government of Bazoum was not doing enough to safeguard the country from the insurgency.

The junta is subject to sanctions imposed by Western and regional African powers.

In August, the junta gave French Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to depart the country. The rebellion’s leaders revoked his diplomatic immunity after the deadline passed without France recalling him.

In New York on Friday, the military government that seized power in Niger accused U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of “obstructing” the West African nation’s complete participation at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders to appease France and its allies.

According to experts, after repeated military interventions in its former colonies over the past few decades, France’s era as Africa’s “gendarme” may eventually end as the continent’s priorities shift.

Andrew Lebovich, a research fellow with the Clingendael Institute, a think tank, said the decision marks both an acceptance of a “harsh reality for France in the region and may possibly put some limits on the U.S. deployments in Niger, though as we have seen the U.S. and France have not followed exactly the same positionings in Niger.”

Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow at the Policy Centre for the New South, a think tank based in Morocco, stated that Niger would experience the loss of French support in its fight against violent extremist groups.

“France has been a dependable partner in providing support for Niger’s operations, and Niger has no alternative to fill this void, at least in the short and medium term,” Lyammouri stated.

Macron withdrew French forces from Mali last year due to tensions with the junta following a coup in 2020 and from Burkina Faso more recently for similar reasons. Both African nations had requested that French forces withdraw.

In addition, France suspended military operations with the Central African Republic, accusing its government of failing to halt a “massive” anti-French disinformation campaign.


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