Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak (SBU) speaks during a news conference, dedicated to the alleged detention of members of a sabotage-reconnaissance group, who according to SBU were sent by Russian intelligence agencies, in Kiev, Ukraine April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's security service SBU said on Wednesday it had captured a Russian military intelligence hit squad responsible for the attempted murder of a Ukrainian military spy in the run-up to a presidential election on Sunday.

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The U.S. military conducted an "extraordinary flight" over Ukraine Thursday to "reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations" amid escalating tensions triggered by "provocative and threatening" Russian behavior, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

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The Russian confrontation with Ukrainian forces is nothing to sneeze at. As this article points out, the two largest standing armies in Europe are now confronting each other.

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Footage released as part of a documentary about life aboard a British warship shows an incident in which 17 Russian warplanes swarmed the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan as it sailed near Crimea in the Black Sea earlier this year.

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.

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May 2024 was a lot like the summer that preceded it 85 years earlier. The Russians knew as much, which is why their secret name for the operation was assigned the sobriquet ‘Molotov.’

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