An unconventional mercenary army is gaining power in Putin’s Russia – CNN | NutSocia

A version of this story appears in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. Sign up for free to get it in your inbox here. CNN — There is a growing rift at the top of the Russian government between Vladimir Putin’s official military and the unconventional mercenary force that has made some gains for Russia in Ukraine. … Read more

‘It’s like a constant gamble:’ Ukrainian couple expecting birth of twins in wartime Kyiv – CNN | NutSocia

CNN — Kateryna and her husband Oleg endure what every citizen of Kiev has to go through – long power outages, hours without internet connection and constant fear of the next rocket fire. But at the beginning of 2023, they are also preparing for the arrival of Gemini. Kateryna, who is 34 years old, is … Read more

On Snake Island, the rocky Black Sea promontory that became a Ukrainian wartime legend – CNN | NutSocia

Snake Island, Ukraine CNN — Snake Island holds a special place in Ukrainian folklore, now more than ever. Its defiant defense – when a Russian warship was famously told to piss off – and subsequent recapture rallied a nation in the early months of the conflict with Russia and pierced the myth of the invaders’ … Read more