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Geopolitics

Gunmen Kill 13 Bus Passengers In Pakistan

BBC NEWS (UK), AFP

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QUETTA - Gunmen have killed at least 13 bus passengers on Tuesday in the southwest of Pakistan, according to officials.

Provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told AFP news agency that militants had blocked a road and held up a group of security personnel.

They then stopped at least two buses and took passengers away — the bodies of 13 people were later found nearby.

The assault reportedly targeted people from the Punjab province who were working in Balochistan.

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A bus in Quetta - Photo: Robin Jacobsson

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Drones On Moscow: Vladimir Putin On The Defensive Like Never Before

In another scenario, Putin could be bragging about Russia's control of Bakhmut after nearly a year of fighting, and the bombing of the Ukrainian Intelligence’s headquarters, which was recently acknowledged by Kyiv. But instead he must retreat to the ultimate home front after drone attacks in the capital.

Drones On Moscow: Vladimir Putin On The Defensive Like Never Before

An apartment building damaged by a drone strike in Moscow.

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PARIS — In February of last year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin dubbed his invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation,” he was telling Russians that it would be over quickly. Now, 15 months later, drones are striking apartment buildings in Moscow, bringing a whiff of war to inhabitants of the Russian capital, who had so far thought they’d been spared.

The psychological shock is far greater than the military impact.

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It is a symbol of the failure of the Russian president’s Ukraine campaign. Pro-war nationalist bloggers were quick to criticize the lack of air defense, which allowed the drones to strike Moscow. But if they had really wanted to taunt the government, they could have compared it with the performance of the Ukrainian air defense which, thanks to Western equipment, knocks down most of the Russian drones and missiles fired at Kyiv.

In the same vein, Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the mercenary outfit Wagner and rival to Russia's military commanders, commented on his Telegram channel: “The people have a right to ask these questions," and, in a message aimed at the military establishment, added a pointed note: “May your houses burn."

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