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Shannon Vavra

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Past articles by Shannon:

Russia’s Shadow Army Desperately Begs for Help in New Videos

Their filmed pleas are the latest indication of a growing divide between Wagner and Moscow. → Read More

Major Blitz on Putin’s ‘Mightily Struggling’ Army Just ‘Weeks Away’

Ukraine’s big counterattack may be just around the corner, according to a U.S. assessment. → Read More

Putin’s Favorite Neighbor Whips Out the Big Guns in New Warning

“We are forced to react harshly,” Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday after dusting off the Belarusian military’s armored vehicles. → Read More

New Psychological Training Op to Beat Putin’s Army Revealed

Fadel Senna/AFP via GettyUkraine is quietly launching a military psychological training program to combat the fear, agitation, and meltdowns racking its... → Read More

Putin Cops to Civilian Strikes in Between Sips of Champagne

The Russian president was filmed smirking after promising bloody vengeance over attacks on Crimea. → Read More

Shadow Government in Putin’s Own Backyard Plots Against Him

The rivals of Putin’s most trusted neighbor are pursuing an alliance aimed at hampering Russia’s designs on the West. → Read More

Putin’s Right-Hand Men Publicly Mock ‘Garbage’ War Failures

Some of Vladimir Putin’s most important allies are now brazenly calling out the Russian president’s war strategy. → Read More

‘The Time Has Come’: Top Putin Official Admits Ugly Truth About War

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty ImagesVladimir Putin’s defense minister sent a clear message to the people of Russia on Wednesday: Their country is at war... → Read More

Putin Quotes Fairytale Villain in Latest Threat to Make Europe ‘Freeze’

Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a fairytale fox while warning that he might just let Europe freeze over this winter. → Read More

A U.S. Translation Flop Is Fueling a Messy Row Over Putin’s War

Ukrainian officials are accusing the U.S. of breaking the security pledges it made in the so-called Budapest Memorandum. Negotiators say a translation issue might be to blame. → Read More

Putin’s ‘Loyal’ Friends Host Rendezvous With His #1 Enemy

While Putin touts his strong alliances during wartime, several countries in Russia’s defense bloc are participating in military exercises with the U.S. like it’s business as usual. → Read More

Putin’s Twisted Mind Games Just Hit a Disturbing New Low

The latest Russian campaign of lies is one of their most twisted war tactics yet. → Read More

Ukraine’s Push to Take Back This City Could Make or Break the War

Ukrainian officials are planning to take back Kherson from Russian forces in a sweeping counteroffensive, but there are huge doubts about whether they are ready. → Read More

European Country’s Shock Verdict: We’ll Snub Injured Ukrainians

The Swiss government is citing neutrality as a reason to not help the war-wounded victims of Putin’s invasion. → Read More

Putin’s Most Nuke-Obsessed Crony May Be Headed for Ukraine, Report Says

Russian Space Chief Dmitry Rogozin has a loose relationship with threatening nuclear attacks—and he’s reportedly up for the job-swap of a lifetime. → Read More

Putin Pal Drops Menacing Hint: a ‘Cleansing’ Is Coming for Europe

IKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik/AFP via Getty ImagesRussian President Vladimir Putin’s key ally Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has started hinting at what ... → Read More

Intel Reveals Putin Plan to Weasel His Way Into American Hearts

A May intelligence briefing from a Department of Homeland Security intel shop obtained by The Daily Beast offers clues about the dirty tricks Putin is using against Americans. → Read More

Putin Nemesis Warns of Sinister Twist in Russian Attack Plan

(Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)Russian President Vladimir Putin has been waging a devastating war in Ukraine for over three months now. But if Ukraine falls, he... → Read More

A Judgment Day Is Coming for Zelensky

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian advisers have been arguing in recent days ... → Read More

Putin World Descends Into Fury Over New U.S. Rocket Delivery

America’s latest gift to Ukraine has the Kremlin accusing the U.S. of adding “fuel to the fire.” → Read More