Russia reports spike in coronavirus cases as other countries ease restrictions

By Joe McDonald, Associated Press | PA Media: World News

(This article first appeared on May 2, 2020)

Russia reports spike in coronavirus cases as other countries ease restrictions

Russia has reported its highest one-day jump in new coronavirus cases as some other countries relax lockdown restrictions.… Continues

Putin’s foreign minister bristles at suggestion Russia is using coronavirus pandemic to boost its global influence

‘Russophobia’ is at play, says Lavrov

By Associated Press | Market Watch

(This article first appeared on April 15, 2020)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow has used the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence, saying the world needs unity to surmount the pandemic.… Continues

Ambulance jams, unprotected doctors, and mixed messages from Putin: Inside Russia’s chaotic response to the coronavirus pandemic

by sankel@businessinsider.com (Sophia Ankel)Business Insider

(This article first appeared on April 20, 2020)

Ruslan Nazarov, head of the Murmansk Region Branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, at a mobile field hospital in the village of Mezhdurechye on April 15, 2020.
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A Doctor Who Met Putin Just Tested Positive, and Russia’s COVID-19 Crackdowns Could Get Real Ugly.

by Anna Nemtsova | The Daily Beast

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MOSCOW—Amid a growing uproar in newly locked-down Russia, news broke on Tuesday that a doctor President Vladimir Putin met with just a week ago during a highly publicized visit to a coronavirus treatment facility has now tested positive for the infection himself.… Continues

This Is Why Hitler’s Air Force Was Such A Problem For The World War II Allies

The strategic air campaign leading up to the invasion was long and bloody.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

ey point: By the time the invasion began, American bomber losses had dropped to negligible proportions, and the Luftwaffe had been virtually driven from the skies over its own homeland.… Continues

China Hates India’s Fast and Sneaky Brahmos Missiles

No way to counter it?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: China has no good way to defend itself against India’s missiles. However, both countries are nuclear powers and so will deter each other.

While many of us remain mesmerized by the unfolding shambles in the Middle East, the world’s two most populous countries have gotten into a tiff over missiles.… Continues

The US Army is sending 20,000 troops across the Atlantic to see if they have the ‘bandwidth’ to fight a major war

by insider@insider.com (Christopher Woody) | Business Insider

US Navy Lt. Stephanie Mantz aboard USNS Benavidez, watches guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf, front, and MV Resolve, center, during a convoy in the Atlantic in support of Defender-Europe 20, February 28, 2020.

US Navy/MCS 3rd Class Jordan R.… Continues

Russia And China Are Not Ready For America’s New B-21 Raider

The B-21 Raider is going to change the game.

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

Key point: It is also conceivable, according to Air Force developers, that the new bomber will one day be armed with yet-to-be seen weapons technology.… Continues

Whoever Controls These 5 Warships Owns The World’s Oceans

The five most powerful surface ships on the planet are a means to an end.

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: There are sixty-two Burke destroyers, with fourteen more under construction or contracted, representing by far the largest class of large surface combatants.… Continues