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  • Russia Starts Tactical Nuclear Drills Near Ukraine

    05/21/2024 8:48:40 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 52 replies
    Barrons ^ | 5/21/24 | AFP
    Russia on Tuesday announced the start of tactical nuclear weapons drills close to Ukraine, in what it said was a response to Western "threats". Throughout its two-year offensive on Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly talked-up its arsenal of nuclear weapons and its readiness to deploy them if it senses an existential threat. The West has accused President Vladimir Putin of irresponsible nuclear sabre-rattling. Russia's defence ministry said Tuesday the drills were taking place in its Southern Military District, which borders and includes parts of Ukraine that Moscow claims to have annexed. It did not specify exactly where.
  • Europe Agrees to Give Russia's Billions to Ukraine

    05/21/2024 5:12:41 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 90 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 21, 2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Russian central bank assets. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said the move will hand Ukraine up to €3 billion (about $3.3 billion) this year. "We have approved in the EU using revenues from Russia's central bank's frozen assets to help Ukraine," wrote Lipavsky on X, formerly Twitter. "Up to €3B only this year, 90% goes for Ukraine's military. Russia must pay for its war damages." The financial assets were frozen shortly after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Reuters reported this month that the EU has estimated that by 2027, windfall profits from Russia's central bank...
  • Massive Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea causes power outages in Sevastopol

    05/17/2024 10:58:49 AM PDT · by MeganC · 40 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 17/05/2024 - 14:52 | By Euronews with AP
    Kyiv says it has had some success pushing back against a renewed Russian offensive, but Ukraine's defences are in dire need of resupply. A massive Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea early Friday caused power cutoffs in the city of Sevastopol and set a refinery ablaze in southern Russia, Russian authorities said. The drone raids marked an attempt to strike back during Moscow's renewed offensive in northeastern Ukraine, which has added to the pressure on outnumbered and outgunned Ukrainian forces as they await delayed deliveries of crucial Western weapons and ammunition. Ukraine has not commented on the attack nor claimed responsibility...
  • Ukraine's Drones Attack Russia's Only Large Black Sea Oil Refinery

    05/17/2024 3:50:23 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/17/2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Ukrainian drones attacked the only large oil refinery on Russia's Black Sea coast on Friday morning, authorities said. The attack on the Rosneft-owned refinery in the southern Russian town of Tuapse was reported by local authorities, who said a fire had broken out at the facility and that emergency services were working to extinguish the blaze. -snip- The Russian Black Sea naval port of Novorossiysk and Crimea's Sevastopol were also targeted a the massive aerial assault, which Russia's defense ministry said involved at least 100 drones.
  • Crimea Air Base on Fire After Second Night of Ukraine Strikes

    05/16/2024 3:33:16 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/16/2024 | Ellie Cook
    A Russian military airfield in Crimea has caught fire for a second night in a row, according to new reports, after Moscow said Ukraine had launched consecutive long-range strikes on the Russian-controlled peninsula. The Belbek airfield, close to the port city of Sevastopol on Crimea's western edge where Russia bases its Black Sea naval fleet, is "on fire again," Russian independent news outlet Astra reported on Thursday.
  • Crimea Air Base on Fire After ATACMS Strike Hosted 32 Russian Jets: Report

    05/15/2024 1:49:01 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 52 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/15/2024 | Brendan Cole
    Russian air base in Crimea that caught fire following a suspected Ukrainian missile attack hosted dozens of military aircraft central to Moscow's invasion. Ukraine has stepped up strikes on Russian facilities on the peninsula Moscow has occupied since 2014 and which Kyiv has vowed to recapture. Regarding the latest incident, Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol, said there had been a massive Ukrainian missile attack over the port city overnight Tuesday. Footage on social-media channels showed flames billowing into the air at the Belbek airfield near Sevastopol. Here is the focal point of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, whose vessels...
  • Crimea Video Shows 'Massive' ATACMS Strike on Belbek Airbase

    05/15/2024 3:40:12 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/15/2024 | Brendan Cole
    Ukraine used U.S-supplied missiles in an attack that sparked blazes at a Russian military air base in Crimea, according to reports. The Astra Telegram channel posted images of flames at the Belbek airfield near the city of Sevastopol following the strikes overnight Tuesday. Belbek airfield has been operated by the Russian defense ministry since Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014. -snip- Open-source X user OSINT Technical posted NASA satellite images, which the account said showed large fires raging at the airfield located more than 160 miles from the frontline in Ukraine. "Ukrainian forces reportedly carried out a massive missile strike...
  • Ukraine is making a new push to get Biden to lift his ban on using U.S.-made weapons to strike inside Russia

    05/14/2024 4:51:40 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 21 replies
    NEW: Ukraine is making a new push to get Biden to lift his ban on using U.S.-made weapons to strike inside Russia, saying the policy kept them from attacking Russian positions as Moscow prepared for its major march toward Kharkiv
  • NATO member Estonia is 'seriously' discussing sending troops to fill non-combat roles in Ukraine, security advisor says

    05/14/2024 3:35:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 14, 2024 | Matthew Loh
    Estonia has been "seriously" discussing sending troops to Ukraine in roles positioned away from the front lines, per a national security official. Madis Roll, national security advisor to Estonia's president, told military news outlet Breaking Defense that his country's leaders were assessing the viability of sending Estonian soldiers to "rear" roles that wouldn't see direct combat in Ukraine. Such a move would help relieve Ukraine's manpower crunch and allow it to send more soldiers to the front lines. And while Estonia, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization country, prefers to act together with the alliance's major members, it's also not closed...
  • Blinken in Ukraine to offer 'strong reassurance' as US weapons reach front line

    05/13/2024 9:53:33 PM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | May 13, 2024 | Tom Bateman
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Ukraine as weapons from a new American aid package begin arriving at the front line. His visit comes as the country struggles to hold back a major Russian incursion near its second biggest city of Kharkiv. Ahead of Mr Blinken's arrival in Kyiv, a senior US official said the American-funded weapons now arriving at the front line included air defence interceptors, artillery and ATACMS long-range precision guided missiles. "We have already started to flow in artillery [and] long-range ATACMS that can range any part of Ukraine, and also other air defence...
  • Thousands Flee From Kharkiv as Russians Push Forward in Northeastern Offensive in Ukraine

    05/11/2024 6:32:54 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/10/2024
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces began a renewed ground assault on Ukraine’s northeast, killing and injuring several and forcing more than 1,700 civilians to evacuate from the Kharkiv region, local officials said Saturday. Artillery, mortar, and aerial bombardments hit more than 30 different towns and villages, leaving at least three people dead and five others injured, said Kharkiv governor, Oleh Syniehubov. Ukraine rushed reinforcements to the Kharkiv region on Friday to hold off a Russian attempt to breach local defenses, authorities said.
  • Putin vows his nukes are ‘always’ ready & snubs UK in WW2 rant at snow-blasted Victory Day parade with ONE TANK

    05/09/2024 4:46:55 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 62 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 5/9/2024 | Iona Cleave
    There was a striking lack of military hardware on display after major losses in Ukraine. VLADIMIR Putin has vowed Russia is "always" ready to strike the West and snubbed Britain in a snarling World War 2 rant at Russia's annual Victory Day parade. The Russian tyrant instead lavished praise on China and declared Russia was "combat ready" in these "difficult" times as nuclear missiles rumbled through Moscow's streets. -snip- However, today was a much pared-down parade indicating the strains of war. For the second year in a row, it featured just one measly tank - reportedly an 80-year-old T-34.
  • Russia warns of 'enormous danger' if NATO sends troops to Ukraine

    05/08/2024 6:22:06 AM PDT · by McGruff · 73 replies
    REUTERS ^ | May 8, 2024
    Russia said on Wednesday that sending NATO troops into Ukraine would potentially be extremely dangerous, and Moscow was closely watching a Ukrainian petition that called for such an intervention. The petition, posted on the Ukrainian president's website, says Ukraine should ask the United States, Britain and other countries to send troops to help it repel Russia's invasion. "We have repeatedly said that direct intervention on the ground in this conflict by the military of NATO countries potentially carries enormous danger, so we consider this an extremely challenging provocation, nothing less, and, of course, we are watching this very carefully."
  • Russia warns Britain it could strike back after Cameron remark on Ukraine

    05/06/2024 9:01:05 PM PDT · by McGruff · 77 replies
    REUTERS ^ | May 6, 2024 | Guy Faulconbridge and Muvija M
    Russia warned Britain on Monday that if British weapons were used by Ukraine to strike Russian territory then Moscow could hit back at British military installations and equipment both inside Ukraine and elsewhere. Russia said British Ambassador Nigel Casey was summoned to the foreign ministry for a formal protest after Foreign Secretary David Cameron said last week that Ukraine had the right to use British weapons to strike Russia. Russia's foreign ministry said the Cameron remarks recognised that Britain was now de facto a part of the conflict and contradicted an earlier assurance that long-range weapons given to Ukraine would...
  • News analysis: Why Putin is raising the specter of nuclear weapons again

    05/06/2024 4:15:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 73 replies
    LA Times via Yahoo ^ | May 6th, 2024 | Laura King
    Once again, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seemingly rattling the nuclear saber. But why now?The Kremlin, citing recent comments by Western leaders regarding the war in Ukraine, said Monday that it would soon carry out simulated use of battlefield, or tactical, nuclear weapons — marking the first time Moscow announced such an exercise.The announcement drew a sharp response. U.S. Defense Department spokesman Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder called it “entirely inappropriate.” NATO spokesperson Farah Dakhlallah termed Moscow’s plans “dangerous and irresponsible,” and the European Union called on Russia to “stop the escalation.”Like so many pronouncements from Moscow, this one’s timing might...
  • Russia announces nuclear weapon drills after angry exchange with senior Western officials

    05/06/2024 2:35:56 AM PDT · by McGruff · 33 replies
    AP ^ | May 6, 2024
    Russia plans to hold drills simulating the use of tactical nuclear weapons, the Defense Ministry announced Monday, days after the Kremlin reacted angrily to comments by senior Western officials about the war in Ukraine. The drills are in response to “provocative statements and threats of certain Western officials regarding the Russian Federation,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. It was the first time that Russia has publicly announced drills involving tactical nuclear weapons, though its strategic nuclear forces regularly hold exercises. Tactical nuclear weapons have a lower yield compared to massive warheads that arm intercontinental ballistic missiles intended to...
  • Why has Macron gone from 'appeasing' Putin to threatening to send troops into Ukraine and drag NATO into WW3? French president envied Boris Johnson's war leadership - and it's a useful distraction from other issues…

    05/03/2024 11:23:25 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 03 May 2024 | James Reynolds
    'I am not ruling anything out,' Emmanuel Macron insisted in an interview published today, pressed on whether France would send troops to Ukraine in its hour of need. The remarks echo a new tone on Moscow in recent months, the French President reiterating pledges roundly rebuffed by his allies in the US, UK and Germany. Europe and the United States have now committed more than £130bn to Ukraine in aid but NATO members have stopped short of promising boots on the ground - with Putin still willing to exploit the threat of nuclear Armageddon when prompted. While Macron has argued...
  • Moment more than 100 of Putin's troops 'are wiped out' in long-range strike with newly supplied US ATACMS ballistic missile

    05/03/2024 4:24:14 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/3/2024 | Chris Jewers
    This is the moment more than 100 Russian troops are believed to have been killed in an ATACMS tactical ballistic missile strike on occupied Luhansk. A military training ground was seen being hit by multiple explosions typical of an ATACMS strike in footage captured by a drone flying high above. The strike targeted a group of 100-plus soldiers who were seen in aerial images, say OSINT analysts in what would be the single largest loss of Russian stories in months. The ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) showered the troops with hundreds of M74 APAM mini-bombs which are carried by the...
  • Ukrainian Drones Hit Major Rosneft Refinery In Russia

    05/01/2024 8:46:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 05/01/2024 | Charles Kennedy
    Just as Russia had started to bring back some refinery capacity damaged by Ukrainian drone attacks earlier this year, a new wave of drone attacks hit a major refinery owned by Rosneft, for a second time.Rosneft’s Ryazan refinery southeast of Moscow caught fire after the overnight drone attack, an anonymous Ukrainian military source with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.The refinery in the region of Ryazan, whose main city of the same name is some 120 miles southeast of Moscow, was first attacked by drones in the middle of March. The first attack also led to a...
  • Poland Asserts Its Strength Amid Russian Aggression, Warns of Retaliation Against NATO Provocations

    05/01/2024 1:01:10 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 105 replies ^ | 5/1/24 | Story by Arabella Astor •
    mid rising tensions and a backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine, Poland has issued a stark admonition regarding the potential repercussions of a direct military conflict between Russia and NATO. Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, addressing the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament, underscored that an attack by Russia on any NATO member would not only be a strategic blunder but would result in Russia’s “inevitable defeat.”