The Daily Populous

Sunday January 23rd, 2022 morning edition

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BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Russia has drawn up plans to install a pro-Kremlin former member of parliament to lead Ukraine as it considers a new invasion of the country and the overthrow of its central government, according to a British assessment shared with BuzzFeed News.

“The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement.

The UK assessment comes as Russia continues to amass troops and heavy weapons around Ukraine, including in Belarus.

And it follows other ominous warnings from Western governments in recent days about the high possibility of a large-scale attack.

For its part, Russia has denied it's preparing to again invade Ukraine.

In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News on Saturday, Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Pavliuk, head of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine, expressed serious concern over Russia's military moves.

He said that Russia currently has more than 106,000 soldiers positioned along its western border who are ready to invade his homeland — with more troops on their way. »

Original plan for Assassin's Creed series was for it all to end on a spaceship

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The original plan for Assassin's Creed - back when the whole franchise was planned as a trilogy - would have seen series hero Desmond blasting off on a spaceship.

"The original plan was pieced together based on interviews by me with AC's original creator Patrice Désilets and AC3's creative director Alex Hutchinson," de Wildt wrote.

Most notably, of course, the series did not end, and its two stars did not leave Earth on a spaceship. »

Republicans in 7 states submitted documents falsely certifying the election for Trump. Most State Attorneys General are investigating if it constitutes fraud.

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A watchdog group found Republicans in 7 states tried to falsely certify the election in favor of Donald Trump.

Some Attorneys General in states where illegitimate electors tried to falsify documents saying Donald Trump won the majority of votes are investigating and considering charges.

Insider reached out to Attorneys General in each of the states seeking comment on the findings. »

The Day After Russia Attacks

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Although Russia has not completely abandoned diplomatic pretenses, the chasm between Russian and Western expectations has been laid bare.

Russia could move to formally recognize or annex the occupied Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Moreover, seizing and holding terrain for a long-term occupation would weaken Ukraine, but would not result in a failed state. »

AZ Democratic Party censures Sen. Sinema after blocking voting rights legislation

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On Saturday, leaders of the Arizona Democratic Party voted to censure Sinema.

In a statement released, ADP said that last fall its state committee members passed a resolution outlining potential action be taken by ADP regarding Sinema should she choose to protect the filibuster and obstruct voting rights legislation.

This past week, Senator Sinema did just that, and as a result an Executive Board meeting was held this morning to discuss potential action. »