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From a documentary on the Lebensborn program
From a documentary on the Lebensborn program

STOCKHOLM — Kari Rosvall was 64 years old when she found out she had been bred as part of a Nazi program, with the purpose of creating a supposed Aryan elite. "I was seen as a product, like a pig bred in an animal factory," she says in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Rosvall was adopted by a couple and grew up on a farm in Malexander in southern Sweden. As a young adult, she decided to find out more about her background, and managed to track down her birth mother in Norway. Although she visited several times, her mother refused to reveal anything about her father, or how Rosvall had been brought into the world. Many years later, she found out her dad had been German, and that she had been brought to Germany from an orphanage in Oslo.

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War In Ukraine, Day 85: Russia’s "Smaller" Operations And Shrinking Ambitions

U.S. Department of Defense officials report that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups in Ukraine, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units.

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A new Pentagon report has found that Russia is continuing to reduce the scale of its military actions toward more "small" operations, which is another sign that it has lowered the ambitions of its invasion of Ukraine.

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The Washington Post, citing a U.S. Department of Defense official, reports that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units, each ranging from a few dozen to a hundred soldiers. These smaller units have also scaled down their objectives and are targeting towns, villages and crossroads.

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