Hundreds of volunteers from Belarus and Russia are fighting invading forces in Ukraine, and hope their efforts will eventually free the entire former Soviet sphere from the Kremlin's grip.
The ignorance of Russian troops was 'shocking' as they exposed themselves to extreme levels of radiation. Some of them have less than a year to live, predict scientists.
The deaths of dozens of high-ranking Russian officers on the frontlines reveal the extent of Moscow's strategic errors and the terrible psychological and professional state of its troops.
In the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, where Putin thought he had popular support for his invasion, Ukrainians are digging in for the next phase of the war.
Fears about where Russia could employ the same tactics it is using in Ukraine are rampant in Central Asia, especially Kazakhstan, where ethnic Russians are numerous in the northern provinces.
Chatbots and phone apps are being deployed to the frontlines of the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, and have helped slow down the advance of Russian forces.
Ukrainian intelligence earlier this month said it found dog tags made for members of the Wagner Group, shadowy mercenaries who carry out the Kremlin's dirty work in conflicts abroad.
Ukrainian soldiers are seizing abandoned Russian tanks, ammunition, fuel and other supplies. 'The Ukrainian army can make use of all of that,' one analyst says.
Increasingly isolated, Moscow has asked its fickle ally for military, economic and political support. Unwilling to publicly back a global pariah, Beijing has equivocated.
The Russian military has reactivated recruitment offices to lure poverty-stricken Syrians to fight in Ukraine. But with the Russian economy in crisis, promises of good pay are dubious at best.