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  • Dead after machete attack in churches (Spain)

    01/25/2023 3:41:20 PM PST · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    Tagesschau German TV News ^ | 1/25/2023 | Tagesschau
    In an attack with a machete in southern Spain, one person has been killed-several people were injured. The perpetrator is said to have attacked people in at least two churches... The public prosecutors office had initiated a preliminary investigation on suspicion of terrorism wrote the newspaper "El Pais". The suspect was a 25-year-old Moroccan. According to eyewitnesses, the man had entered the Church of San Isidro with the cry "for Allah"...
  • Germany to send Leopard tanks to Kyiv, allow others to do so - Spiegel

    01/24/2023 11:21:06 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2023 6:00 PM UTC | Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, writing by Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries such as Poland to do so while the U.S. may supply Abrams tanks, magazine Spiegel reported on Tuesday. A government spokesperson declined to comment. The defence ministry was not immediately available for comment. The decision concerns at least one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks that will be provided out of Bundeswehr stocks, Spiegel said.
  • Russia orders Estonia's ambassador to leave, accuses country of 'total Russophobia'

    01/23/2023 2:56:17 AM PST · by Cronos · 41 replies
    WION ^ | 23 January 2023 | Prisha
    The diplomatic relations between Russia and Estonia were downgraded on Monday after the latter's ambassador was ordered to leave Russia, as the country was accused of "total Russophobia". As the Estonian ambassador was expelled, the Russian foreign ministry announced on Monday that the charge d’affaires will head the diplomatic mission of the country. "The ambassador of the Estonian Republic will have to leave the Russian Federation on February 7," stated the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that the diplomatic representation of Estonia will also be downgraded from now. According to the statement, the measure was adopted after the...
  • House Foreign Affairs chairman says some members don’t understand what’s at stake in Ukraine

    01/23/2023 4:08:19 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies ^ | January 22, 2023 | Daniella Diaz and Paul LeBlanc
    The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sought Sunday to tamp down speculation that the new GOP majority will be less likely to fund aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia, though he did suggest some members of his party may need to be convinced about the need to continue US support. “I think there’s enough support on both sides of the aisle. Majority in the Democratic Party, majority in the Republican,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” referring to aid to Ukraine. But he added, “We have to educate...
  • Poland signals intent to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine

    01/23/2023 3:57:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 23, 2023 | Pawel Florkiewicz
    Poland's prime minister said on Monday his government would ask Germany for permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and planned to send them whether or not Berlin agreed. Germany's foreign minister had said on Sunday that Berlin would not stand in the way if Poland wanted to do so. The issue of supplying the German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine has dominated recent discussions among Western allies about how much and what sort of material aid they should give Ukraine as the first anniversary of the Russian invasion nears. The development comes as both sides are believed to be...
  • U.S. Extends Troop Deployment in Romania, at Ukraine War’s Doorstep

    01/23/2023 3:41:44 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 21, 2023 | Lara Jakes
    The Pentagon will keep several thousand American troops in southeast Romania for at least nine more months, closer to the war in neighboring Ukraine than any other U.S. Army unit, officials said on Saturday. Over the last year, the sprawling Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, just a seven-minute rocket flight across the Black Sea from where Russian forces have settled in Crimea, has become a training hub for NATO forces in southeast Europe. The forces would be a first line of defense should Russia invade further west. There are around 4,000 U.S. soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division who have been...
  • Ukraine’s Winter Could Turn Against Russian Troops

    01/23/2023 3:33:52 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 65 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 21, 2023 | Alistair MacDonald and Oksana Pyrozhok
    In the battle to keep warm, Ukrainian infantryman Kyrylo Molchanov has turned to “trench candles”—empty food cans packed with cardboard—to heat his front-line dugout. With Russia and Ukraine fighting through the winter, keeping Ukrainian soldiers warm could become a competitive advantage for Kyiv. For armies, winter weather affects everything from maneuverability to battery power. But the cold and wet can have a crushing effect on soldiers’ morale and ability to fight, while creating potential medical problems. The U.S. and its allies have sent hundreds of thousands of pieces of winter clothing. Ukraine has supplemented those supplies from elsewhere, and the...
  • Poland is HIDING the truth from the world and it's getting bad

    01/21/2023 11:41:19 AM PST · by norsky · 128 replies
    Redacted ^ | Jan 21, 2023 | Clayton Morris
    Poland is HIDING the truth from the world and it's getting bad | Redacted with Clayton Morris Poland is suffering from the war in Ukraine but are they a willing participant? Columnist Mike Krupa speaks against the narrative of Polish people as willing cannon fodder for a corrupt government and helps us understand how the proximity to Ukraine is costing the people of Poland. Poland is HIDING the truth from the world and it's getting bad
  • Moldova mulls joining NATO

    01/21/2023 11:40:48 AM PST · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    yahooooooo ^ | 1-20-23 | The New Voice of Ukraine
    “Now, there is a serious discussion … about our capacity to defend ourselves, whether we can do it ourselves, or whether we should be part of a larger alliance,” Sandu said. “And if we come, at some point, to the conclusion as a nation that we need to change neutrality, this should happen through a democratic process.” Sandu stressed that Chisinau’s strengthening of its own defense, contrary to Russia's claims, is not a provocation against anyone, including against the unrecognized Transnistria – a region of Moldova which hosts a Russian military base. “Moldova is a peaceful country,” she said.
  • US to designate Russia’s Wagner mercenary group as a ‘transnational criminal organization’

    01/20/2023 2:49:56 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies ^ | January 20, 2023 | Natasha Bertrand and Katie Bo Lillis
    The US Treasury Department will designate the Russian mercenary organization Wagner Group as a “transnational criminal organization” and will impose additional sanctions next week against the group and its support network across the world, the White House said on Friday. “These actions recognize the transcontinental threat that Wagner poses, including through its ongoing pattern of serious criminal activity,” National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told reporters on Friday, ahead of the Treasury Department announcement. Along with the new sanctions, the US has released newly declassified photos of Russian railcars traveling from Russia to North Korea and back...
  • U.S. Warms to Helping Ukraine Target Crimea

    01/19/2023 7:31:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 18, 2023 | Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes
    For years, the United States has insisted that Crimea is still part of Ukraine. Yet the Biden administration has held to a hard line since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, refusing to provide Kyiv with the weapons it needs to target the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia has been using as a base for launching devastating strikes. Now that line is starting to soften. After months of discussions with Ukrainian officials, the Biden administration is finally starting to concede that Kyiv may need the power to strike the Russian sanctuary, even if such a move increases the risk of escalation, according to...
  • U.S. Will Ship More Arms to Ukraine, Officials Say

    01/19/2023 7:28:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2023 | Eric Schmitt
    The United States plans to send Ukraine nearly 100 Stryker combat vehicles as part of a roughly $2.5 billion shipment of arms and equipment that is expected to be announced at a meeting of allies in Germany on Friday, two U.S. officials said on Thursday. The decision to send the Strykers, which could be delivered within weeks, comes just days after Britain committed to sending Ukraine 14 Challenger battle tanks and the United States, France and Germany agreed to send dozens of armored infantry fighting vehicles, including 50 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Germany has also been under pressure to authorize the...
  • Hero pilot who shot down at least FOUR Russian Migs in classified dogfight in 1952 to receive the Navy Cross: Captain took on seven jets alone and was shot 263 times - but was ordered not to tell anyone for fear of sparking war

    01/19/2023 2:49:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2023 | Alastair Talbot
    A hero pilot who shot down at least four Russian Migs in a classified dogfight at the height of the Cold War which saw his jet shot 263 times is to receive the Navy Cross. Retired Navy Captain Royce Williams was sworn to secrecy for more than 50 years over fears that his battle against seven Soviet fighters could spark war with Russia. Now the 97-year-old is free to tell his tale and is due to receive the Navy's second highest award for combat valor on Friday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
  • Finland's Prime Minister says Ukraine must win war to prevent further aggression from Russia

    01/17/2023 12:17:15 PM PST · by Sam77 · 92 replies
    The Post Millennium ^ | 01-17-2023 | Alex Timothy
    Ukraine must win the war against Russia in order to ensure that a message is sent to the world that there is nothing to gain from invading other nations, the Prime Minister of Finland said on Tuesday. Speaking with journalist Fareed Zakaria at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Prime Minister Sanna Marin explained that while she doesn't know when the war will end, "we have to make sure than when it ends Ukrainians win."
  • U.S. begins expanded training of Ukrainian forces for large-scale combat

    01/17/2023 6:27:46 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2023 | Dan Lamothe
    The U.S. military has launched an expanded, more sophisticated training program of Ukrainian forces that is focused on large-scale combat and meant to bolster Ukraine’s ability to take back territory from Russian forces, the Pentagon’s top general said Sunday. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on a flight from Washington to Europe that the training began Sunday at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany and will continue for five or six weeks. About 500 soldiers will go through the initial version of training, focused on what the military calls combined-arms warfare, in which tanks,...
  • Dutch, German ministers condemn child abductions in Ukraine

    01/16/2023 12:54:30 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    AP, via ^ | January 16, 2023 | MIKE CORDER
    The German and Dutch foreign ministers on Monday condemned the deportation by Russians of thousands of Ukrainian children, calling it a deliberate policy of cruel and inhumane abductions that is tearing families apart. Since Moscow launched its war in Ukraine nearly a year ago, Russians have been accused of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia or Russian-held territories to raise them as their own. At least 1,000 children were seized from schools and orphanages in the Kherson region during Russia’s eight-month occupation of the area, local authorities say. Their whereabouts are still unknown. Russia claims that these children don’t have parents...
  • Russia's Wagner Group commander requests Norway asylum

    01/16/2023 12:49:10 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies ^ | January 16, 2023 | Matt Murphy
    A former commander with the Russian paramilitary Wagner Group has claimed asylum in Norway after deserting from the mercenary outfit. Andrey Medvedev, 26, crossed the border into Norway last Friday, where he was detained by border guards. He is currently being held in the Oslo area where he faces charges of illegal entry to Norway, his lawyer Brynjulf Risnes told the BBC. Mr Risnes said his client left Wagner after witnessing war crimes in Ukraine. The Norwegian Border Guard confirmed to the BBC that a Russian man had been detailed after crossing the country's 198 kilometres (123 miles) long border...
  • Putin snaps in recorded meeting with ministers

    01/13/2023 3:40:34 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 128 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 11, 2023 | Brady Knox
    A recorded meeting shows Russian President Vladimir Putin losing his temper when arguing with his deputy prime minister. In Putin's first video call meeting of the year with government ministers, he sparred with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov before humiliating him by asking why he was "fooling around" instead of securing new contracts for plane construction, a video released by RIA Novosti shows. When Manturov attempted to defend himself, Putin adopted a mocking tone before giving him one month as a deadline. The incident started with a disagreement over whether or not new contracts...
  • Putin replaces commander of Russia’s war in Ukraine after just 3 months

    01/11/2023 8:49:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new commander to lead his forces in Ukraine. Gen. Valery Gerasimov will take over from Sergei Surovikin, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Telegram Wednesday, a change that comes as the Kremlin's forces appeared close to a breakthrough in bitter fighting on the eastern front lines. The announcement came just three months after Surovikin became the first person to be handed sole charge of the campaign since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. The ministry said he would now serve as one of Gerasimov's three deputies, along with Army Gen. Oleg Salyukov...
  • UK considers supplying handful of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine

    01/10/2023 9:13:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 9, 2023 | Dan Sabbagh
    Britain is considering supplying a handful of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, the first time a western country has indicated it may supply its homemade heavy armour to Kyiv in the war against Russia. No final decision by Downing Street has been made, British sources added, but Ukraine is hoping a positive move by the UK could help persuade Germany to follow suit later this month with its Leopard 2 battle tanks. Ukraine has been asking for British tanks “since summer”, a second source said. But the reality is that the UK, with a total fleet of 227, has a...