The Daily Populous

Saturday March 19th, 2022 night edition

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President Vladimir Putin, enraged by military setbacks in Ukraine, has reportedly launched a purge of some of Russia's most powerful officials.

On Thursday, reports in Ukrainian media claimed that Putin had fired Roman Gavrilov, the deputy chief of Rosgvardia, the Russian national guard.

Rosgvardia had been deployed into Ukraine alongside the regular military and suffered heavy losses as Ukraine resisted with unexpected ferocity.

Before Gavrilov's departure, there were reports that other senior military and intelligence officials had faced Putin's wrath over the invasion.

Andrei Soldatov, a Russian Moscow-based journalist and expert on Russian security services, tweeted last week that Putin had punished two senior FSB officials over intelligence failings in Ukraine.

Although the Kremlin hasn't confirmed any internal reprisals, Putin has spoken broadly of purging Russian society of traitors.

The failings have resulted in the Russian military making, at best, faltering progress in its invasion of Ukraine. »

Oh ship! All the superyachts seized from Russian oligarchs so far - National

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So far, Spain, Italy, France and Germany have been leading the charge in seizing superyachts, impounding a combined nine Russian-owned boats.

But some Russian oligarchs seemed to have missed the memo to get their superyachts out of EU waters.

Here’s a list of all the superyachts owned by Russia’s elite that have been seized or frozen so far. »

The False Promise of Arming Insurgents

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The history of these efforts should be studied carefully as policymakers face the prospect of beginning another one in Ukraine.

That record should counsel caution for the United States and its allies.

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian partisans were simply no match for Soviet intelligence, which easily infiltrated and then brutally suppressed the movement. »

Russia "Will Not Allow" S-300 Air Defence System Transfer To Ukraine: Report

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Russia has threatened to attack supply chains of S-300 air defence systems to Ukraine after Slovakia announced that it is willing to support Kyiv by providing the said defence system, reported local media on Friday (Local Time).

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow "will not allow" the transfer of the S-300 air defence system, reported The Kyiv Independent.

According to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence, the satellite producer is sharing critical data and images of the Russian troops' movement with the conflict-ridden country. »