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  • Belgium Promises First F-16 Fighters and $1 Billion to Ukraine This Year

    05/28/2024 9:31:09 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/28/2024 | BREITBART LONDON
    BRUSSELS (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a second $1 billion promise of military aid in as many days Tuesday during a whirlwind tour of three European Union countries, while President Vladimir Putin warned that hitting Russian soil with Western-supplied weapons could set the war on a dangerous new path. The aid pledge for 2024 came from Belgium, which topped up the money with a commitment to give Ukraine 30 F-16 fighter jets in the next four years. “Our task is to use the first F-16 on the battlefield this year and in such way fortify our positions,” Zelenskyy...
  • Ukraine urgently needs soldiers, but some men are desperate not to fight

    05/28/2024 3:26:18 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 28, 2024 | Daryna Mayer and Yuliya Talmazan
    Ukraine urgently needs new soldiers, but some — left uneasy by brutal fighting and intensifying conscription efforts — are desperately trying to avoid being called up. “When you see people in uniform, you panic. You start thinking someone will mobilize you now against your will,” a lawyer based in Kyiv told NBC News. He did not want his identity known, fearful, like a growing number of men across the country, of being drafted into the army... “I love my country,” he said in a phone interview earlier this month. “I donate to the Ukrainian army. But unfortunately, I am not...
  • Poland’s foreign minister says it should not exclude the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine

    05/28/2024 7:07:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 28 replies
    AP ^ | May 28, 2024
    Poland’s foreign minister says the NATO nation should not exclude the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine and should keep Russian President Vladimir Putin in suspense over whether such a decision would ever be made. Radek Sikorski made the comments in an interview published Tuesday in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. “We should not exclude any option. Let Putin be guessing as to what we will do,” Sikorski said when asked whether he would send Polish troops to Ukraine. But a spokesperson for Poland’s Defense Ministry, Janusz Sejmej, told Polish media on Tuesday he had “no knowledge of that”
  • Spain to Give More Missiles, Tanks to Ukraine in $1 Billion Donation

    05/28/2024 7:29:27 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/28/2024 | BREITBART LONDON
    MADRID (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday secured from Spain a pledge of additional air defense missiles to help fight the about 3,000 bombs that he says Russia launches every month at Ukraine in the third year of the war. However, Ukraine still urgently needs another seven U.S.-made Patriot air defense systems to stop Russia hitting the power grid and civilian areas, as well as military targets, with devastating glide bombs that wreak wide destruction, Zelenskyy said. “If we had these modern Patriot systems, (Russian) airplanes wouldn´t be able to fly close enough to drop the (glide) bombs...
  • Western fighters in Ukraine are getting killed because they assumed the war would be easy, says a US veteran who fought there

    05/27/2024 8:55:15 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 23, 2024 | Sinead Baker
    A US veteran who fought in Ukraine said many Western fighters assumed it would be easy. He said some "treat it almost like it's a vacation, and they're not really expecting to die." Many foreigners won't accept that their training hasn't prepared them for this war, he said. Insider Today Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Read preview Bull Email address Enter your email Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can opt-out at any time by visiting...
  • Ukraine Launches Missile Attack on Luhansk, Russia-Installed Governor Says

    05/27/2024 3:05:40 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 100 replies
    US News ^ | 5/27/2024 | Reuters
    A Ukrainian missile attack triggered a fire on Monday in the Russian-held northeastern city of Luhansk, the latest in a series of strikes near the city, the regional Russia-installed governor said. Leonid Pasechnik, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said the strike was made with cluster munitions. "A fire has broken out as a result of the attack," Pasechnik said. Pasechnik said information on casualties was being clarified. Russia's Tass news agency, quoting emergency services, said there had been injuries. There was no official Ukrainian comment. Ukrainian media and war bloggers posted a picture of what they described as a...
  • Force Russia to make peace, Zelensky urges West

    05/27/2024 9:25:43 AM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | May 27, 2024 | Matt Murphy
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Western leaders to pressure Russia into peace using "all means" necessary. ... Mr Zelensky has long said he will not negotiate with Russia directly until Moscow's forces leave all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea. ... The Ukrainian president rejected the idea of inviting Russia to a planned peace summit in Switzerland next month. ... Delegates will "try and chart a course for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine" based on 10 demands set forth by Kyiv calling for the return of all invaded territory, reparation payments for war-related damages and the creation of a...
  • Ukraine commander says French military instructors to visit Ukrainian training centres

    05/27/2024 9:29:41 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon, May 27, 2024
    Ukraine's top commander said on Monday he had signed paperwork allowing French military instructors to visit Ukrainian training centres soon. "I am pleased to welcome France's initiative to send instructors to Ukraine to train Ukrainian servicemen," Oleksandr Syrskyi said on the Telegram messaging app after talks via video link with French defence minister Sebastien Lecornu. "I have already signed the documents that will enable the first French instructors to visit our training centres shortly and familiarize themselves with their infrastructure and personnel." Syrskyi gave no further details but said he believed that France's determination would encourage other partners to join...
  • Ukraine drone targets second Russian long-range military radar, Kyiv source says

    05/27/2024 11:38:54 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 52 replies
    Swissinfo ^ | May 27, 2024 | Tom Balmforth; Anastasiia Malenko
    KYIV (Reuters) -A Ukrainian drone targeted a long-range radar deep inside Russia on Sunday, the second such strike in a week on infrastructure used by Moscow to monitor Ukraine’s military activities, a Kyiv intelligence source said. The source said the strike was aimed at a “Voronezh M” radar near the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region some 1,500 km from the closest territory held by Kyiv’s forces. The source, who declined to be named, did not say if there was any damage, but the move would make it one of the deepest attempted drone strikes in Russian territory since...
  • Ukraine War Maps Reveal Russian Advances Along Whole Front Line

    05/27/2024 1:26:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 59 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 27, 2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Russian forces have advanced along the front line in Ukraine, battlefield maps published by a U.S. think tank show, as Ukraine warns that Moscow is preparing for a major offensive in the east. Maps released by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S.-based think tank, on Sunday, show that Russian forces have made progress in Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which together comprise the Donbas. The Kremlin has been pushing for the total capture of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since Russia's initial invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014. Newsweek has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry by...
  • Ukrainian strike on Russian nuclear radar system causes alarm in West

    05/26/2024 8:47:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Sun, May 26, 2024 | James Kilner
    A Ukrainian drone strike on a Russian radar station that can track nuclear missiles has sparked alarm in the West. Kyiv hit the Armavir radar station in the Krasnodar border region on May 23, damaging the state-of-the-art facility, which provides conventional air-defence as well as forming part of Moscow’s nuclear warning system. Ukrainian officials confirmed on Saturday that their forces had carried out the strike, saying the facility monitors airspace over the country and occupied Crimea. The radar station has reportedly been able to track long-range Atacms missiles, delivered by the US to Ukraine earlier this year. Mauro Gilli, a...
  • Russian KINZHAL Hypersonic Missiles Rained Down On NATO Officers' Heads In STAROKOSTIANTYNIV

    05/26/2024 11:56:24 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 70 replies
    Designated airbase for hoped-for F16s clobbered by hypersonics...This is a conflict betwewen Christians and Nazis, and the nazis are losing...
  • Zelenskyy's popularity in Ukraine has fallen. Will he hold elections?

    05/26/2024 9:30:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | MAY 21, 2024 | Steve Inskeep
    Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's approval rating soared to a high of 90% after Russia's full-scale invasion in 2022. As the war drags on, his popularity has waned.
  • Strike On Russian Strategic Early Warning Radar Site Is A Big Deal

    05/26/2024 10:57:15 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    The Warzone via Yahoo ^ | May 26th, 2024 | Joseph Trevithick
    Satellite imagery confirms a Russian strategic early warning radar site in the southwestern end of the country was substantially damaged in a reported Ukrainian drone attack earlier this week. This looks to be a first-of-its-kind attack on a site linked to Russia's general strategic defense. As such, it points to a new and worrisome dimension to the conflict, especially when it comes to the potential use of nuclear weapons.A satellite image taken on May 23 that The War Zone obtained from Planet Labs of the Armavir Radar Station in Russia's southwestern Krasnodar Krai shows significant debris around one of the...
  • Mobilized Ukrainians live on the front line for an average of three hours

    05/26/2024 11:07:04 AM PDT · by Kazan · 32 replies
    X/Twitter ^ | May 26, 2024 | dana
    Mobilized Ukrainians live on the front line for an average of three hours, failed conscripts who escaped conscription to Hungary told the Hungarian publication Tynyek.According to them, conscription for military service meant only “certain death” for them. They continue to hide even abroad because they are afraid that the looters will reach here too. Police or soldiers stop people on the street, take away their documents, and then detain them. Those who do not present documents are immediately put on a bus and taken to some military camp, where, after very short training, they are immediately sent to the front,...
  • Western intelligence agencies predict more losses of territory for Ukraine by the end of the year – Welt

    05/26/2024 11:22:08 AM PDT · by Kazan · 32 replies
    Euromaidan Press ^ | 25/05/2024 | BY MARIA TRIL
    According to a media report by Welt, current intelligence reports warn of “larger” territorial losses due to Russian superiority by the end of the year. The assessment states that the “overall picture” for Ukraine is “darkening” due to Russian dominance.MP Ralf Stegner, a committee member, said the intelligence assessment is “essentially accurate” and aligns “with what I know.” The report expects Ukraine will not “regain the initiative” in 2024 and will likely suffer “significantly larger territorial losses” than since January.It cites Russia’s “significantly” stronger artillery deployment and ability to “more than compensate” for losses, while Kyiv cannot recruit enough new...
  • NATO Head Urges Lifting Restrictions On Kyiv Striking Targets In Russia

    05/26/2024 5:17:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 25, 2024
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine should be allowed to use Western-supplied weapons in strikes against military targets inside Russia. In an interview with The Economist published on May 24, the NATO head called on members to “consider whether they should lift” their current restrictions, saying they make it “very hard” for Ukraine to defend itself.
  • Russian shell production three times greater than of Ukraine's allies

    05/26/2024 7:53:12 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 89 replies
    The Kyiv Independent ^ | May 26, 2024 | Dominic Culverwell
    Russia is managing to produce artillery shells at triple the speed of Ukraine’s allies for a quarter of the price, Sky News reported on May 26, referencing analysis from management consulting firm Bain & Company. Using publicly available data, the firm claims that Russian factories can produce or refurbish 4.5 million 152 mm shells this year for $1,000 per round. European countries and the U.S. are only expected to produce 1.3 million 155 mm shells combined, at an average cost of $4,000 per unit. Slow artillery production has hindered Ukraine’s progress on the battlefield. Soldiers claim that for every round...
  • Putin Ally Suggests Missile Strike on Iconic American Landmark

    05/25/2024 6:07:19 PM PDT · by USA-FRANCE · 84 replies
    Vladimir Solovyov, media personality and ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, recently suggested that Moscow launch a missile strike at the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Amid Moscow's ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine that Putin launched in February 2022, Solovyov has been a source of Russian propaganda. He has talked about Russia expanding its war, claiming that the country owns Ukraine and even parts of Europe like Poland and Finland.
  • Drones Have Offered Last Line of Defense for a Strategic Ukrainian Town

    05/25/2024 6:25:58 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 25, 2024 | Carlotta Gall and Vladyslav Golovin
    The commander stepped over boxes stacked full of plastic drones and opened the lid on a new delivery. Inside lay the light-gray fins of a mini plane, the latest addition to his arsenal of crewless aerial vehicles for fighting the Russian army. The 33-year-old leader of what an internal report declared Ukrainian army’s best-performing drone unit, Senior Lt. Yuriy Fedorenko — popularly known by his call sign, Achilles — has been the main constraint on the Russian attempt to seize the strategic town of Chasiv Yar on Ukraine’s teetering eastern front. For months, his drone teams, part of the 92nd...