Zelensky: Russia’s search for ‘wonder weapon’ illustrates failure of invasion

Zelensky: Russia’s search for ‘wonder weapon’ illustrates failure of invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday said that Russia’s announcement that it has been using powerful lasers to target drones was like Nazi Germany’s propaganda about a “wonder weapon.” “In the propaganda of Nazi Germany there was such a term ‘wunderwaffe,’ wonder weapon,” Zelensky said. “The clearer it became they had no chance in the … Read more

As Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Stalls, Critical Voices Emerge in Moscow

As Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Stalls, Critical Voices Emerge in Moscow

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, commentators loyal to the Kremlin have applauded the war effort and praised the country’s military leadership. But as Russian setbacks on the battlefield have mounted, critical voices have grown louder. In a television appearance this week, retired Col. Mikhail Khodaryonok cautioned viewers that “the situation will clearly … Read more

U.S. launches program to gather evidence of Russia’s alleged war crimes in Ukraine as ICC sends investigators

U.S. launches program to gather evidence of Russia’s alleged war crimes in Ukraine as ICC sends investigators

London — The U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday that it was launching a new program to preserve, analyze and share open-source evidence of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine, “for use in ongoing and future accountability mechanisms.”  Called the “Conflict Observatory,” the new program will maintain “rigorous chain-of-custody procedures for future civil and criminal legal … Read more

Finland and Sweden in NATO could bring mighty militaries to Russia’s front door

Finland and Sweden in NATO could bring mighty militaries to Russia’s front door

Data: Global Firepower Index; Table: Axios Visuals Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO would integrate two of Europe’s most highly capable and modern militaries right on Russia’s doorstep, according to rankings and data from the Global Firepower Index. Why it matters: Sweden and Finland are seeking to join to obtain security guarantees from the world’s … Read more

Senate confirms Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. It was unanimous.

Senate confirms Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. It was unanimous.

Washington — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation’s continuing battle against the Russian invasion. The veteran foreign service officer, who’s spent most of her career in the shadow of the former Soviet Union, was nominated … Read more