Russian military recruiter shot amid fear of Ukraine call-up

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A young man shot a Russian military officer at close range at an enlistment office Monday, an unusually bold attack reflecting resistance to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to mobilize hundreds of thousands of more men to wage war on Ukraine. The shooting comes after scattered arson attacks on enlistment offices and protests in Russian cities against the military call-up that have resulted in at least 2,000 arrests. Russia is seeking to bolster its military as its Ukraine offensive has bogged down. In the attack in the Siberian city of Ust-Ilimsk, 25-year-old resident Ruslan Zinin walked into the enlistment office saying “no one will go to fight” and “we will all go home now,” according to local media. Zinin was arrested and officials vowed tough punishment. Authorities said the military commandant was in intensive care. A witness quoted by a local news site said Zinin was in a roomful of people called up to fight and troops from his region were heading to military bases on Tuesday.

U.S. Army Field Band adds first rappers

Nicholas Feemster and Lamar Riddick became the first rappers to join the United States Army Field Band. NBC News’ Aaron Gilchrist shares more details on the two rappers and how the band is honoring soldiers and veterans through music.Sept. 26, 2022.

Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Alaska island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday. But it turned out the cruiser wasn’t alone as it sailed about 86 miles (138 kilometers) north of Alaska’s Kiska Island, on Sept. 19. The patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, later discovered there were two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, all in single formation. The Honolulu-based Kimball, a 418-foot (127-meter) vessel, observed as the ships broke formation and dispersed. A C-130 Hercules provided air support for the Kimball from the Coast Guard station in Kodiak.

Violent attack on Russian military enlistment center following draft announcement

In Eastern Russia, the response to President Putin’s order to send reservists to the frontlines in Ukraine is growing violent. One man opened fire inside a military enlistment center while reportedly shouting, “no one will go to fight!” NBC News’ Erin McLaughlin reports on the rare protests in St. Petersburg as many people try to dodge the draft.Sept. 26, 2022.

Mistakes made in RAF diversity recruitment drive, admits Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted that “some mistakes were made”, after reports of a recruitment drive which favoured women and ethnic minorities.In August, claims emerged that the head of recruitment in the Royal Air Force (RAF) refused to follow an order to prioritise such candidates over white men because she believed it was “unlawful”.The group captain told her boss she was not willing to allocate slots on training courses based purely on a specific gender or ethnicity, according to a leaked message seen by Sky News at the time.While overall standards did not drop, in hindsight we accept that despite...

Send Ukraine tanks, endless, bipartisan political grift and other commentary

War watch: Send Ukraine Tanks “High Mobility Artillery Rocket Support (HIMARS) . . . alone will not win the war” for Ukraine, warns Michael O’Hanlon at The Hill, as “Russian forces are diversifying and hardening their positions as a counter to the deadly strikes.” The best help now is 1) “more air and missile defense capability so that not only Kyiv but other safe or liberated cities can be protected more effectively from Russian missile and air attacks” and 2) “more tanks and associated support vehicles to complement its existing infantry and artillery strengths and create a more credible counteroffensive capability.” Ukraine has...

MoD admits RAF ‘made mistakes’ during diversity recruitment drive

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted that “some mistakes were made” in response to reports that the RAF had a recruitment drive that favoured women and ethnic minorities applicants.Claims emerged last month that the RAF’s head of recruitment had refused to follow an order to prioritise such candidates over white men because she believed it was “unlawful”.She allegedly told her boss that she was not willing to allocate places on training courses based purely on candidates not being male or white, according to a leaked message seen by Sky News.Also in August, reports citing defence sources claimed that the...
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Will New Russian Citizen Edward Snowden Be Drafted To Join Ukraine War?

Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to the former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, leading to questions about whether the whistleblower would be conscripted into Moscow's army amid the nationwide mobilization campaign. Snowden was one of the 72 foreign-born individuals who were granted Russian citizenship by Putin...

Defense & National Security — US mum on options over Russia’s nuclear threats

U.S. officials are walking a careful line in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest suggestion that he may be willing to resort to nuclear weapons. We’ll detail the latest comments on this from both U.S. and Russian officials, plus the latest on Ukraine’s renewed pleas to the West for more weapons, a new message that U.S. defense officials hope can dissuade China from attacking Taiwan and the divide among Democrats over sending Ukraine more advanced weapons systems.

Angus King joins senators calling on Pentagon to show more 'urgency' on PFAS

Maine independent Sen. Angus King is part of a group of U.S. senators urging the Department of Defense to put a higher priority on addressing PFAS pollution on military bases. According to the senators, Congress has provided an additional $1 billion to the Defense Department in recent years to deal with sites contaminated with the class of so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But in a recent letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, King and about three dozen other senators expressed concerns that the Pentagon doesn't have plans in place to fully utilize that money or any additional funds that Congress might devote to the growing PFAS problem.