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Russian troops and their allies in Ukraine are likely fighting in six groups of forces.

They are oriented towards: the city of Kharkiv and the northeastern region of Kharkiv;

along the Izyum-Slavyansk line;

Siversk-Lisichansk region;


the region of the city of Avdiivka-Donetsk;

and southern Ukraine.

ISW: Ukraine continues its successful attacks against Russian military units


"...Russian President Vladimir Putin says the two countries will "expand comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations in joint efforts," Pyongyang state media reported Monday."

Putin wrote that closer ties would be in the interest of both countries and would contribute to strengthening security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Northeast Asian region, the North Korean news agency KCNA reported.

Putin wrote to Kim Jong-un


New Zealand is sending 120 troops to Britain to help train Ukrainians for frontline combat, the Pacific nation's government said on Monday.

The deployment will enable two infantry training teams to familiarize Ukrainian military personnel with the essential skills to be effective in combat, including weapons handling, combat first aid, operational law and other skills.

And New Zealand will train Ukrainian military


Predictably… official Iran thinks Rushdie has himself to blame

There are countries where it is believed that if you are attacked or killed for saying or writing things they don't like, it is your own fault and you deserve it.

These countries have recently been converging their friendly positions. 

Iran named its version of the culprit of the attack on Salman Rushdie


Multiple signals have been received at the European Center for Transport Policy about problems in the area of ​​AM "Trakia" in which a bus full of Serbian children overturned. 

"The last signal was from Thursday. Until the 208th km, the condition of the road is very good, after that there are many deformations along the route, including in the active lane," Rusinova specified.

Multiple alerts to the European Transport Policy Center about problems in the area where the Serbian bus overturned


According to the minister…

Minister Ivan Shishkov: This section, where the accident with the Serbian bus happened, is not problematic


Road expert: If there was a guardrail, the bus would not have turned


An arrest has been made for the murder of the Swiss businessman within 72 hours.

This is a 57-year-old man who is supposed to have had an intimate relationship with Udo Lange's wife, Elisabeth.

He worked in the family's bakery in Delta Hill, Nova TV reported.

Criminologist Botio Botev believes that the murder was unintentional and was based on some kind of conflict.

It became some kind of accidental story.

It's because he has a broken rib, he insists.

Botio Botev (criminologist): The Swiss businessman was killed unintentionally and because of a conflict