Author: Linruzu

As Congress continues to delay aid and Volodymyr Zelensky replaces his top commander, military experts debate the possible outcomes. Long before it was reported, at the end of January, that Volodymyr Zelensky had decided to replace his popular Army chief, Valery Zaluzhny, the Ukrainian counter-offensive of 2023 had devolved from attempted maneuvers to mutual recriminations. The arrows pointed in multiple directions: Zelensky seemed to think that his commander-in-chief was being defeatist; Zaluzhny, that his President was refusing to face facts. And there were arguments, too, between Ukraine and its allies. In a two-part investigation in the Washington Post, in early December, U.S. officials…

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A Pole, a German, a Frenchmen, and a Swiss meet in a bar, or was it a Swiss, a French, a German, and a Slovak, I forgot. However, what otherwise sounded like the beginning of a quirky joke was in fact an informal luncheon by some of the brightest analysts of the European Union in early December last year. Nationalities aside, the topic of the lunch was, of course, the Ukraine. The basic question was simple, Are We at War? Will Russia win? What’s the consequence for Europe if Russia wins? What is the European Union willingness to defend the…

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KYIV, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Saturday strongly condemned Russian plans to hold presidential elections next spring on occupied territory, declaring them “null and void” and pledging to prosecute any observers sent to monitor them. Russia’s upper house set the country’s presidential election this week for next March, and chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko said residents in four occupied Ukrainian regions would be able to vote for the first time. Russia claims to have annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions in the east and south of Ukraine during referenda last year dismissed by Kyiv and the West as a…

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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) remained on “high alert” in the South China Sea as a three-day joint US-Philippines air and maritime patrols are set to culminate on Thursday, Chinese state-run media reported. The PLA Southern Theater Command’s frigate Yuncheng has conducted “routine” patrols in the South China Sea since Tuesday, “when the Philippines rallied forces outside of the region, held patrols and stirred up trouble in the region,” a spokesperson of the command was quoted as saying by Global Times on Thursday. The command troops are on high alert to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and maritime interests, he…

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A year ago today, Peru fended off the biggest challenge to its democracy in years. The ensuing months have only proved that the country is still deeply broken. The attempted coup by then-President Pedro Castillo came at a time when the South American nation was already vulnerable from years of political chaos that had begun to overshadow its potential as a mining and agriculture powerhouse. Now under President Dina Boluarte, it is mired in the harshest recession in two decades excluding the pandemic. Its branches of government are all in crisis and experts are sounding alarm bells not just about its economy, but about the health of…

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Ukraine said Saturday its forces struck a shipyard in the port city of Kerch, on the east coast of the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Since launching its counteroffensive against Moscow’s forces this summer, Kyiv has ramped up attacks on the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized in 2014. “On the evening of November 4, the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out successful strikes on the maritime and port infrastructure of the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied Kerch,” Kyiv’s army said. It did not provide further detail, and AFP was not able to immediately verify Ukraine’s account. Crimea’s Russian-installed governor Sergei…

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LIMA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — The Peruvian government on Wednesday hailed a four-day ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). “Peru’s government welcomes the temporary ceasefire agreement reached between the government of Israel and Hamas,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. The deal “represents the greatest diplomatic effort after 47 days of clashes that have caused the death and forced displacement of civilians,” it said. At the same time, the ministry recognized the mediation carried out by Qatar and Egypt, “which includes the release of 50 Israeli citizens … and the entry of humanitarian aid.”…

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Brussels (25/11 – 33.3) Tajikistan Supreme Court has sentenced a widely respected 65-year-old female journalist, Ulfathonim Mamadshoeva, to 21 years in prison on charges of incitement to overthrowing the government. Mamadshoeva was accused by the authorities of being a leading figure behind the political turbulence that rocked her native Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) earlier this year. State propaganda has previously alleged that the veteran reporter and activist hatched the purported plot, for which no credible evidence has been produced, at the behest of an unnamed foreign government. Mamadshoeva’s brother, Khursand, was last week sentenced to 18 years in prison on…

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Peru’s abundance of famed archaeological sites, natural wonders, and world-class gastronomy draws millions of annual visitors. But there are also under-the-radar, little-known places all over the country that could be the highlight of any trip. Here are five secret sites to consider on your visit. Qhapaq Ñan Many thrill seekers aspire to hike the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, which is part of the Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System, a 19,000-mile network of trails through the vast Inca empire in South America. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But in the Ancash region of northern Peru there’s a beautiful, lesser-known…

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas will potentially have a major impact across the Middle East, and will be another factor for both China and the United States to consider in their long-term thinking. Analysts said Israel had been disappointed by China’s response to the attacks by Hamas that killed hundreds of people, mainly civilians, but questioned whether this would have a serious impact on relations in the longer-term. The attacks coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, and were the deadliest assault on Israel since then. But many diplomatic observers have questioned whether it was also an attempt…

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