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*FUNCHIT!* Canadian Defense Ministry's New Stress-Fighting Weapon

Worldcrunch
LA PRESSE
(Canada)

OTTAWA – The Canadian Department Of National Defense spent $50,000 (including tax) on little orange balls. Is this some sort of new stealth weapon developed by the Canadian Army?

Guess again. According to documents obtained by La Presse, the Department Of Defense has bought 53,000 anti-stress balls in the past five years. These little foam balls were allegedly used to teach "conflict-resolution techniques."

Hard to justify when the Harper government is imposing budget cuts to the tune of $5,2 billion in order to eliminate its deficit by 2015.

"Those Defense Department employees must be very stressed from crunching numbers on the F-35 contracts," shot Gregory Thomas, from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The Defense Department is under fire for having under-estimated by $10 billion the cost of maintaining the 65 F-35 jets it is planning to buy from the U.S.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A Decisive Spring? How Ukraine Plans To Beat Back Putin's Coming Offensive

The next months will be decisive in the war between Moscow and Kyiv. From the forests of Polesia to Chernihiv and the Black Sea, Ukraine is looking to protect the areas that may soon be the theater of Moscow's announced offensive. Will this be the last Russian Spring?

Photo of three ​Ukrainian soldiers in trenches near Bakhmut, Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers in trenches near Bakhmut, Ukraine

Anna Akage

Ukrainian forces are digging new fortifications and preparing battle plans along the entire frontline as spring, and a probable new Russian advance, nears.

But this may be the last spring for occupying Russian forces.

"Spring and early summer will be decisive in the war. If the great Russian offensive planned for this time fails, it will be the downfall of Russia and Putin," said Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence.

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Skinitysky added that Ukraine believes Russia is planning a new offensive in the spring or early summer. The Institute for the Study of War thinks that such an offensive is more likely to come from the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk than from Belarus, as some have feared.

Still, the possibility of an attack by Belarus should not be dismissed entirely — all the more so because, in recent weeks, a flurry of MiG fighter jet activity in Belarusian airspace has prompted a number of air raid alarms throughout Ukraine.

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