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Crimea's Combat Dolphins Get Russian Passports

Crimea's Combat Dolphins Get Russian Passports

While many news outlets have been wondering what will happen to the Ukrainian navy in Crimea, the question that everyone has really been wondering about has finally been answered: The dolphins in Sevastopol’s combat unit will indeed become Russian.

The combat program trains these hyper-intelligent mammals to patrol open water and attach buoys to items of military interest, such as mines on the sea floor or attack scuba divers who get past security perimeters, reports RIA Novosti.

An anonymous source who works at the training facility told the Russian news service that the Ukrainian Navy lacked the funds for developments to the program so some projects had to be axed.

The source added that he hoped Russia would support the program, which also trains sea lions. We’re sure they will — we know how much Vladimir Putin loves all creatures great and small.

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Main Photo: Vladimir, the animal lover — Source: Kremlin.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Israel's Assault On Southern Gaza Will Be One Step Too Far For Washington

Launching a ground invasion in the south of Gaza, where residents have been forced to flee, will be virtually impossible for the Biden Administration to accept.

Photograph of a Palestinian child looks through a broken window of a destroyed house

November 15, 2023, Rafah: A Palestinian child looks through a broken window of a destroyed house.

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In five weeks of bombings followed by a ground invasion, the Israeli army has effectively taken control of the northern third of the Gaza Strip. Much of the population has been forced to seek refuge in the south, while those who've stayed are in an extremely difficult position: almost all hospitals have ceased to function, and military operations continue non-stop.

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Now, Israel has given the first sign of its intention to push its offensive against Hamas into southern Gaza, precisely where it had said it was safe to go. Leaflets were dropped in four localities around the vast Khan Yunis refugee camp in the south, asking residents to evacuate.

But where to go? Gaza already has the highest population density in the world, and the influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced people from north to south, in a war-torn environment, without water, sanitation, or medicine, creates a dramatic humanitarian situation.

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