New Russian army chief, Brazil's storming of govt, Biden's classified files, Brigitte Macron

In Ukraine, Russia is on the cusp of scoring its first battlefield win in months by using infantry as cannon fodder for the taking of the salt mining town of Soledar. It's a key stepping stone to Bakhmut, which then leads to the big rail and road hubs that link the Donbas to the rest of the country. Putin's Wagner mercenaries seemed to jump the gun when they started claiming on Tuesday that they alone had taken Soledar. That was then denied by the Kremlin before the Russian military repeated the claim this Friday.

Vladimir Putin reshuffled his top command this week with yet another change of leader on the battlefield in Ukraine, directly putting in charge his army chief of staff Valery Gerasimov. "General Armageddon" did not do the trick, it would appear: Sergei Surovikin has been demoted to Gerasimov's deputy. Both sides seem to be running low on ammunition and logistics.

After the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol by rioters bent on overturning the defeat of Donald Trump, Brazil is picking up the pieces from the January 8, 2023 ransacking of the seats of power in the capital, Brasilia. Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro reject the defeat of the far-right incumbent and want a coup. More than 1,200 people have been arrested, with new president Lula vowing to get to the bottom of it.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain


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