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UKRAINE’S PM TO PUSH FOR MORE REGIONAL POWER
Ukraine’s Interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to grant regions with more powers, adding that the Parliament should adopt a law allowing local referendums, AP reports. This came as he travelled to the eastern city of Donetsk as an ultimatum for pro-Russian protesters to leave occupied government buildings in three cities expired. Meanwhile, NATO stood by previous allegations based on satellite imagery that 40,000 Russian troops are amassing in a previously unoccupied area near the Ukraine border. A senior Russian Army official had dismissed the NATO claims, saying that although the pictures were accurate, they were taken eight months ago.

  • U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki condemned “Russia’s efforts to use energy as a tool of coercion,” after Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote to 18 European leaders to warn them that Ukraine’s $2.2 billion gas debt to Moscow had created a “critical situation.” Read more from The Independent.

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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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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

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