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    FEARS of a “new Chernobyl” spiralled yesterday after Ukraine vowed to attack Russian troops refusing to leave a nuclear plant they seized. Atomic energy chiefs warned the risk of a catastrophe at Zaporizhzhia in the country’s south east is “grave” as the invaders defy pleas to demilitarise the danger zone. 2The Ukraine president said his soldiers will have no option but to attack them if they continue to fire at civiliansCredit: AFP 2Russian troops stormed the site in MarchCredit: AP Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shelling at the huge complex — Europe’s largest atomic power station. Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russians of “nuclear blackmail” and warned that Mad Vlad Putin’s troops there had become “special targets”. The Ukraine president said his soldiers will have no option but to attack them if they continue to fire at civilians. Russian troops stormed the site in March. Some 500 are now based there as Ukrainian technicians continue to run reactors. READ MORE ON UKRAINEWAR BOOSTER 'NATO-style' weapons delivered to Ukraine as 'one-fifth' of enemy 'destroyed''CRUEL SUMMER' Ukraine warns Russians not...
    Russia and Ukraine have accused each other on Thursday of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as fears rise over another nuclear catastrophe 37 years on from Chernobyl. Both Moscow and Kyiv said there were five rocket strikes near a radioactive material storage area at the plant, Europe's biggest nuclear facility which has been a focus of renewed fighting in recent days.  Ukraine's nuclear agency Energoatom said later there had been fresh Russian shelling near one of the plant's six reactors that had caused 'extensive smoke' from a grass fire and 'several radiation sensors are damaged'.  The plant, which is in Russian hands, is on the south bank of the River Dnipro which divides the warring armies and where some of the fiercest fighting is raging. Ukraine has accused Moscow of basing hundreds of soldiers and storing arms there.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Russia could cause an incident 'even more catastrophic than Chernobyl' - a reference to the nuclear disaster in then Soviet Ukraine in 1986. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres also said in a statement that continued hostilities...
    Russian authorities have been trying to sow the seeds of a propaganda effort aimed at convincing residents of occupied territories that Ukraine is already divided, according to a new report from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. “Ukraine has already been divided,” the Russian occupiers said, according to the intelligence agency. “In the territory of the western regions, Polish zlotys were put into circulation, in most shops there are double price tags. There is nowhere to run from Russia. Ukraine is not what it used to be.” The false information, which has been focused on Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia, according to the agency, is intended to inject doubt into residents of Ukraine nearly six months into the war, the intelligence agency said. “The moves are aimed at undermining the moral and psychological stability of the Ukrainian-minded population remaining in the city,” the agency said in a statement. Ukraine’s government urged residents to remember that Ukraine will not bow to Russia’s intimidation tactics, and that one day the territory will rid itself of occupiers. “All residents...
    The Department of Defense announced a new military aid package to Ukraine on Monday valued at roughly $1 billion. This latest package includes additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition; 20 120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition; and munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems. US WILL BE 'PURSUING' PRISONER SWAP WITH RUSSIA, BLINKEN SAYS "Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $1 billion to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs," acting Pentagon press secretary Todd Breasseale said in a statement. "This authorization is the Biden Administration’s eighteenth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021." "It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority, and this package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons, and equipment - the types of which the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country," he added. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    The argument at an expensive Moscow restaurant in May 2014 had become so heated that staff had no option but to call the local police. Diners at the well-heeled establishment had been disturbed by a very unlikely squabble. A famous TV personality, whose career spanned two decades, was shouting across a table with such rage that his colleagues had to hold him back. The irate celebrity in question, 36-year-old Ukrainian comedian-turned-actor Volodymyr Zelensky, was the star of a satirical comedy troupe that specialised in mocking both Russian and Ukrainian politics and society. His adversary was his erstwhile Russian friend and co-star, Aleksey Chadov. Their feud was political rather than professional, sparked in the febrile aftermath of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. But what was most surprising was that the war of words had been instigated by Zelensky. Visiting Moscow to film a sequel to his romantic comedy Eight First Dates, the star had always been careful never to be overtly partisan – let alone nationalist – and wisely used his satire to poke fun at both sides of the political...
    Russian tanks, trucks and artillery are amassing in southern Ukraine as Putin's forces seek to tighten their grip on the region amid a valiant counter-offensive by Kyiv. The Kherson region near Crimea has been under Kremlin control since March 2 after a bloody six-day battle, with Russians driving north from the occupied peninsula. Yet the invaders have faced intense pushback by Ukraine over recent weeks, with Kyiv now confident it will liberate the region by September. According to the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) daily intelligence update this morning: 'Long convoys [...] continue to move away from Ukraine's Donbas region and are headed southwest.' The ruined Fabrika shopping mall in occupied southern capital Kherson (image from July) Locals look at damage caused by Russian airstrikes on a residential street in eastern Ukraine The MoD added: 'Battalion tactical groups (BTG), which comprise between 800 and 1,000 troops, have been deployed to Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region. 'Ukrainian forces are focusing their targeting on bridges, ammunition depots, and rail links with growing...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emanuel Macron are each visiting several African countries this week. Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, went to Kenya and Somalia last week. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will go to Ghana and Uganda next week. “It’s like a new Cold War is playing out in Africa, where the rival sides are trying to gain influence,” said William Gumede, director of Democracy Works, a foundation promoting good governance. Lavrov, in his travels across the drought- and hunger-stricken continent, has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices, while the Western leaders have accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest — words calculated to appeal to listeners in post-colonial...
    Guess who’s back already. Less than a year after getting fired by CNN, Chris Cuomo will return to primetime cable news. The former CNN anchor is set to announce he will join NewsNation as a primetime anchor, giving the self-described “free agent” a new platform to “get after it” and handing the fledgling network a big name to potentially boost its floundering ratings. The news is set to be revealed during Cuomo’s Tuesday evening sit-down with his friend and former ABC News colleague, NewsNation host Dan Abrams. Their chat marks the disgraced former media heavyweight’s first TV appearance since his dismissal from CNN in December. A potential deal in the works between Cuomo and NewsNation was reported earlier this month by OutKick. Citing anonymous sources, the conservative sports site reported that NewsNation President Michael Corn was leading the effort to bring Cuomo aboard despite the ex-CNN host’s ongoing lawsuit with his former employer. Corn was appointed to the top job at NewsNation in May 2021. During his tenure as ABC’s Good Morning America, he was accused of sexual assault and...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia targeted Ukraine’s Black Sea regions of Odesa and Mykolaiv with air strikes Tuesday, hitting private buildings and port infrastructure along the country’s southern coast. the Ukrainian military said. The Kremlin’s forces used air-launched missiles in the attack, Ukraine’s Operational Command South said in a Facebook post. In the Odesa region, a number of private buildings in villages on the coast were hit and caught fire, the report said. In the Mykolaiv region, port infrastructure was targeted. Hours after the renewed strikes on the south, a Moscow-installed official in the southern Kherson region said the Odesa and Mykolaiv regions will soon be “liberated” by the Russian forces, just like the Kherson region further east. “The Kherson region and the city of Kherson have been liberated forever,” Kirill Stremousov was quoted as saying by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. The developments came as Ukraine appeared to be preparing a counteroffensive in the south. Russia previously attacked Odesa’s port at the weekend. The British military said Tuesday there was no indication that a Ukrainian warship and a...
    The United States and its allies are considering providing the Ukrainian military with new fighter jets as Russia's war stretches into its sixth month. Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the Air Force, said during the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday that the Pentagon could come up with a number of different options if it decides to move forward. “There’s a number of different platforms that could go to Ukraine. … It’ll be something non-Russian. I could probably tell you that,” Brown explained. “But I can’t tell you exactly what it’s going to be.” BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWS AGENCIES TO SANCTION FOR WRONGFUL DETENTION ABROAD The options on the table that Brown referenced are Swedish Gripen fighters, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and French Rafale fighters. The Biden administration previously squashed a proposal to transfer old Polish fighter jets to Ukraine and replace the ones Poland would be giving up. In the proposed plan, Poland would transfer its fleet of MiG-29s to the U.S. military’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany as a middle step, and the Pentagon called the possible deal...
    VINNYTSIA, Ukraine—Smoke and flames rose from the wreckage of burning buildings as the screams of the wounded and dying filled the air. Here was more evidence of President Vladimir Putin’s growing desperation. Another 24 people—three of them children—paid the ultimate price for the Kremlin’s tragic new strategy. The Russian Army was too weak, ill-disciplined and under-cooked to make the sweeping gains the Kremlin expected when they launched this illegal war on Ukraine. With the army bogged down and making incremental gains in the eastern Donbas regions, but offering little threat to the rest of Ukraine, Putin has resorted to launching missile strikes against civilian centers all over the country. The most recent major attack came on Thursday, when a Russian submarine launched Kalibr precision missiles into a concert hall and a medical center in Victory Square in the previously peaceful city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine. Katya, an employee of the next-door Nova Poshta post office, told The Daily Beast what it was like to become a pawn in Putin’s geopolitical tantrum. “It was the middle of the day and...
    The timing is crucial and no coincidence. Just days after President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia and vowed the U.S. was prepared to use 'all elements of its national power' to stop a common enemy, Iran, from acquiring nuclear weapons, who should turn up in the Iranian capital? Vladimir Putin. And when the dark master of the Kremlin pays a rare visit outside Russia, it sends shivers down Western spines. With good reason. Iran is a pariah state for America, Britain and their allies. Its nuclear ambitions and the ayatollahs' support for terrorism has made the Islamic Republic a bogeyman. Just days after President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia and vowed the U.S. was prepared to use 'all elements of its national power' to stop a common enemy, Iran, from acquiring nuclear weapons, who should turn up in the Iranian capital? Vladimir Putin Hardline For much of his presidency, Putin has had as little interest as the West in seeing a nuclear-armed Iran flexing its muscles. Not only would Moscow's support for the ayatollahs have damaged...
    One hundred and forty New York Army National Guard soldiers have been deployed to Germany to help train Ukrainian military personnel. The Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will replace the 160 Florida Army National Guard soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who were deployed in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group, though they were evacuated ahead of Russia’s invasion. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AS TEHRAN SELLS WEAPONS TO RUSSIA The troops heading to Germany bid farewell to their families during a ceremony at the Thompson Road Armory on Hancock Field Air National Guard Base last Friday. Before they head to Europe, however, they will train at Fort Bliss, Texas, and are expected to replace the Florida guardsmen in September. The United States has trained Ukrainian military personnel in this capacity since 2015, and defense officials are quick to reference it in connection with the success the Ukrainian resistance has put up despite being outmanned and outgunned. Some of those Florida National Guardsmen have gone on to help train Ukrainians on the weapons the U.S....
    Vladimir Putin arrives in Iran today to forge a fearsome new alliance, with both sanction-hit countries united by their hatred for the West. The Russian leader will meet President Raisi and Ayatollah Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader, during the talks aimed at boosting ties between the regimes. It is only the second time Putin has been abroad since launching his brutal invasion of Ukraine five months ago. The meeting comes amid warnings from the US last week that Iran is preparing to sell drones to Russia to use in Ukraine. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Tehran is planning to provide 'hundreds' of combat drones to Moscow, and Iranian soldiers will train their Russian counterparts in how to use the drones - with lessons beginning in just a few weeks. Vladimir Putin is seen shaking hands with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi during their meeting in Turkmenistan last month A Russian delegation visited an Iranian airfield on June 8 and July 5 to inspect the drones which could be used to direct artillery fire and destroy Ukrainian military hardware, the White House...
    (CNN)There's a new and potentially very significant factor in the Ukrainian conflict: the Ukrainians' ability to use recently supplied Western systems to hit Russian command posts, logistical hubs and ammunition dumps a long way beyond the front lines. In the past week, there have been enormous explosions in several occupied areas in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. The available evidence, from satellite imagery and Western analysts, is that the targeting has been highly effective.For months the Ukrainian military pleaded for long-range precision artillery and rocket systems from Western partners. Now they have them and are deploying them to considerable effect in both the south and east of the country. The Ukrainian military is not giving away many specifics but Vadim Denysenko, a senior official at the Interior Ministry, said Wednesday that in the past two weeks, "above all things thanks to the weapons that Ukraine received, we were able to destroy approximately two dozen warehouses with weapons and stocks of fuel and lubricants. This will certainly affect the intensity of fire" the Russians can muster, he said. US...
    PROUDLY dressed in the green shirts of their adopted football club, the Ukrainian orphans are easy to spot in the crowd. And it’s a good thing too because as soon as the 56 youngsters arrive at Legoland, they excitedly dart off in all directions. 5Darina, 19, and Katya, 15, enjoying their dayCredit: Oliver Dixon 5Summer fun - a day out at Legoland, Windsor for the Dnipro KidsCredit: Oliver Dixon The group have been living in the UK after leaving war-torn Ukraine in a rescue mission organised by an Edinburgh-based charity. The orphans and their legal guardians, who have been staying in Scotland for the past four months, are on a sightseeing tour of Britain. After hearing of their plight, Legoland kindly invited the group to enjoy a free day out at the theme park in Windsor, Berks. While the others join the queue for rides, 19-year-old Darina only has one thing on her mind — winning a giant cuddly toy dog, the top prize on the basketball game. Luckily, our Ollie, a Sun photographer, bags the prize for Darina. And...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams has said that the recent city public service announcement for how to deal with a nuclear attack was prompted by the Russian attack on the Ukraine and warned that the Big Apple is still a big target. 'This was right after the attacks in the Ukraine, and the Office of Emergency Management took a very proactive step to say 'let's be prepared,' the mayor said at an unrelated press conference. 'Pack a bag. Know where your medicines are located. These are just smart things to do. And many of us, we think about COVID and other things that have been on the forefront, but we're still one of the top terrorist threats.' The emergency management agency put out a 90-second PSA weeks after Russian state media claimed Putin could wipe out the US East Coast. Mayor Eric Adams says the city produced a PSA on what to do in the event of a nuclear war after the Russian invasion of Ukraine Mayor Eric Adams, center, said that there is no imminent threat against...
    (CNN)Across Ukraine, in the shimmering heat, one sight is becoming familiar this summer: Combine harvesters sweeping across fields of grain in a race against fast-spreading fires.The conflict's front lines straddle some of Ukraine's richest farmland. Whether caused by accident or intention, the fires darkening the summer sky are eating into a harvest that was always going to be tough to collect and even tougher to export. Pavlo Serhienko is in the crosshairs of this battle. The 24-year-old is the third generation of his family to run a farm in the Vasylivka district of Zaporizhzhia. Since his father died from coronavirus, Serhienko is managing the 3,000-hectare farm on his own. But nearly half the land is now too dangerous to cultivate, he told CNN on Saturday."We can't even get there. It is either mined or near the occupied territories, literally the front line. We had occupiers on part of the fields." Read MoreSerhienko has literally seen his family's business go up in smoke.Pavlo Serhienko said he has had to extinguish many fires which have started on his farm."For the last four...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will provide Ukraine with four more high mobility artillery rocket systems in the latest security assistance package, according to a senior defense official.The latest package is valued at $400 million and is drawing from Presidential Drawdown Authority funding only, meaning the US is sending weapons directly from US stockpiles of weapons.The $400 million package includes four additional rocket systems, additional ammunition for those systems, three tactical vehicles to "recover equipment, support Ukrainian efforts to repair, resupply as the battle continues," 1,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, demolition munitions, counter battery systems, and spare parts and other equipment, the official said.The 1,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition that the US is providing to Ukraine in this package is a "new type" of ammunition that the US has not provided to Ukraine previously, the official added."It has greater precision, it offers Ukraine precise targeting, precise capability for specific targets, it will save ammunition, it will be more effective due to the precision, so it's a further evolution in our support for Ukraine in this battle for the...
    After more than four months of ferocious fighting, Russia claimed a key victory: full control over one of the two provinces in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. But Moscow’s rout of the last remaining bulwark of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province came at a steep price. The critical question now is whether Russia can muster enough strength for a new offensive to complete its seizure of the Donbas and make gains elsewhere in Ukraine. “Yes, the Russians have seized the Luhansk region, but at what price?” asked Oleh Zhdanov, a military analyst in Ukraine, noting that some Russian units involved in the battle lost up to a half their soldiers. Even President Vladimir Putin acknowledged Monday that Russian troops involved in action in Luhansk need to “take some rest and beef up their combat capability.” That raises doubts about whether Moscow’s forces and their separatist allies are ready to quickly thrust deeper into Donetsk, the other province that makes up the Donbas. Observers estimated in recent weeks that Russia controlled about half of Donetsk, and battle lines have changed...
    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A group of young off-duty Ukrainian soldiers gathered at a military distribution center to enjoy a rare respite from the fighting that has again engulfed their fractured home in eastern Ukraine. As they shared jokes and a pizza, artillery explosions could be heard a few kilometers away — a reminder of the looming battle that threatens to unfold here in the city of Slovyansk, which was occupied by Russian proxy fighters in 2014. “Everyone knows that there will be a huge battle in Slovyansk,” said one of the soldiers, who could not be named for security reasons. Now, eight years after their city was last occupied, the war has returned. Slovyansk could become the next major target in Russia’s campaign to take the Donbas region, Ukraine’s predominantly Russian-speaking industrial heartland, if Moscow captures Lysychansk — the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Luhansk province, 70 kilometers (43 miles) to the east. Another soldier, a 23-year-old accountant who joined up when the invasion began, said Ukrainian forces simply do not have the weapons to fight off the superior...
    Russia’s new 100 rouble banknotes are impossible to withdraw from ATMs because the Western companies that programmed them have left the country. The Rzhev Memorial to the Soviet Soldier, a memorial to one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War due to the high Soviet casualties, features on the new banknote. One the other side of the 100-rouble banknote – worth approximately £1.50 – is a picture of the Kremlin, which regularly draws comparisons between World War Two and its war in Ukraine to fuel patriotism in the country. Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia Sergey Belov holds the newly designed Russian 100-rouble banknote. The Association of Russian Banks has asked for a six-month delay to the introduction of the new 100 Rouble banknote as it said a new security feature was needed But the Association of Russian Banks has asked for a six-month delay to the introduction of the banknote as it said a new security feature was needed, according to The Telegraph. 'With the departure of suppliers, any updates to the software of … ATMs,...
    LONDON (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday made her first visit to the U.K. since both countries signed a free trade agreement, meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to boost bilateral ties and discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine. The trip came after both leaders attended the NATO summit in Madrid. They will also discuss security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region. It was Ardern’s first visit to the U.K. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. New Zealand had enacted a strict border policy at the outset of the pandemic and only recently reopened its borders to international visitors. She said at Johnson’s No. 10 Downing St. residence that it was an “incredibly important milestone for us in New Zealand” that she was able to visit Europe, adding that it signified “we are open for business, for trade, for tourism.” Ardern also said the meeting was an opportunity to discuss how the U.K. and New Zealand have responded to Russia’s war in Ukraine. “We have also provided our military aid via our partnership with you,” she...
    Russia is assembling new battalions with fearsome Chechen warriors to again attempt to launch a fresh assault on Ukraine, according to a notorious Kremlin mouthpiece.  The bold claim was made by Russian-Chechen author and well-known propagandist German Sadulaev on his telegram channel, who stated that the four new heavily armed battalions will be formed to launch offensives against Ukraine.  However, such claims of formidable new military units in the Russian army ring hollow against fresh reports that Vladimir Putin's forces are being 'hollowed out' by the scale of the losses they are suffering in the Donbas and overall. British military chiefs have assessed that the enormous expenditure of manpower and materiel by the Russian army in taking the city of Severodonetsk last week has yielded only 'tactical successes'. 'The Russian armed forces are increasingly hollowed out,' came the latest intelligence update from the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday. 'They currently accept a level of degraded combat effectiveness, which is probably unsustainable in the long term.' Russia is assembling new battalions with fearsome Chechen warriors to again attempt to launch a fresh assault...
    Ukraine has released chilling new footage showing people inside a shopping centre as it was struck by a Russian missile on Monday, after the Kremlin insisted the complex was 'non-functioning'. The newly released footage was captured by CCTV cameras in and around the Amstor mall in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, and shows people running and diving for cover as the rocket slammed into the building. Two cameras inside the same shop captured the moment the missile struck, sending goods flying off the shelves and the shopkeeper running for cover. Two more cameras on the exterior of the complex showed debris landing on the ground outside the mall. Another exterior camera showed smoke rising from the building as it was hit, and two passers-by narrowly avoiding flying debris. Another camera, looking out over a parking bay, captured the rocket a split second before it flew into the building - causing a huge blast. The new footage - released by Ukraine's security service - debunks the claim from Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for Russia’s defence ministry, who said the mall was 'non-functioning'. At least 18...
    A new Iron Curtain has begun to descend across Europe following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has declared today. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, said Russia will not trust the US or EU on anything 'from now on.' 'As far as an iron curtain is concerned, essentially it is already descending,' on Europe he said. 'They should just be careful not to pinch anything.' It comes after the West heavily sanctioned Russia in retaliation for Putin ordering his troops into Ukraine, and began giving Kyiv weapons to drive back the assault. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Alexander Lukashenko, warned European leaders 'not to pinch anything' as a new Iron Curtain descends across the continent He spoke after NATO agreed to reinforce its eastern flank, and declared Russia to be the biggest threat to the continent's security Putin (right, meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo today) has been hammered by sanctions and largely cut off from Western trade since the invasion What was the original  Iron Curtain? The Iron Curtain...
    The war in Ukraine is no stranger to drones, but the kamikaze drone strike on the Russian city of Rostov last week marked the beginning of a whole chapter in drone warfare. A small ramshackle Ukrainian drone with a tiny warhead flew across the heavily defended front line and smashed into an oil refinery in Russia on June 22, causing a large fire. Given how cheap it is to make a drone, and its successful evasion of Russian air defenses, Russian officials might soon have to worry about defending oil facilities, supply depots, and military installations deep in Russian territory. Long-range kamikaze drones are a new threat to Russia. Most observers of the conflict in Ukraine are familiar with the Switchblade drones provided by the U.S., but these have a relatively short range and require operators to direct it onto a target. Kamikaze drones like the one used in the Rostov attack can go hundreds of miles without the need for an operator, and are small enough to slip by much of Russia’s air defense, which is designed to detect...
    President Joe Biden praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday for lifting his objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO and thanked him for his work on getting grain out of the Ukraine. 'You're doing a great job,' Biden told him.  And, behind the scenes, Biden's administration signaled its support to the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara, a long-standing wish of the Turkish government. Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary for Defense for International Security Affairs at Pentagon, told reporters on a briefing call that strong Turkish defense capabilities would reinforce NATO's defenses and the F-16 sales plan was working its way through the legal process. 'The United States supports Turkey's modernization of its fighter fleet because that is a contribution to NATO security and therefore American security,' she said. 'These plans are in the works. And, they need to be worked through our contracting processes,' she added. Turkey made a request in October to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighters and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes. Biden met with Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO...
    Baltic leaders will lobby NATO for tens of thousands of extra troops to defend Europe's eastern flank at a key summit in Spain today, fearing they are next on Putin's hit-list after Ukraine. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania want 50,000 troops to be permanently stationed across their countries to face down a full-scale Russian invasion, replacing a 4,000-strong 'tripwire' force that is currently in place. It comes amid fears that Putin could order his commanders to seize a 'land corridor' between Russia's European enclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus along the flashpoint Suwalki gap, cutting off the Baltics from easy reinforcement. Britain, which already has 1,650 troops stationed in Estonia, would be expected to contribute to ay such force - which would come on top of the 300,000 troops that NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said would be placed on 'high alert' earlier this week. Boris Johnson is expected to use his appearance at the NATO summit in Madrid to pledge extra troops for Estonia, potentially more than doubling current numbers. Baltic leaders will use today's NATO summit to lobby for 50,000 troops...
    Madrid (CNN)When President Joe Biden and fellow NATO leaders assemble here Wednesday, they plan to announce a significant strengthening of forces along the alliance's eastern flank as Russia's war in Ukraine shows no signs of slowing.The leaders enter the talks propelled by a diplomatic victory after Turkey dropped its objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, setting the stage for the two longtime neutral countries to enter the defensive bloc.An enhanced American military presence in Eastern Europe and two new NATO members -- one which which shares an 800-mile border with Russia -- is exactly the outcome Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping to fend off when he invaded Ukraine more than four months ago."As I said before the war started, if Putin attacked Ukraine, the United States would enhance our force posture in Europe and respond to the reality of a new European security environment," Biden said Tuesday while meeting with Spain's prime minister.Yet even if Putin's aims have backfired and the conflict grinds on, momentum is favoring Russia at the moment. That has left Biden and fellow western...
    THIS is the shocking moment terrified families cowered in fear and fled as Vladimir Putin blasted a Ukrainian shopping centre nearby. CCTV footage from a park close to the blitzed mall shows the initial blast blowing debris into the pond as panicked mums with their kids watched on. 13A worried mother grabs her child as she sees the blast 13More than 1,000 people were in the mall at the time of the attackCredit: Cover Images 13A man flung himself into the water as the girl legged it 13People fled the park's man-made island as the blast tore through the shopping mall nearby Upon impact, the camera trembles as couples and families who were in the park near the Amstor mall in Kremenchug leave their belongings and run away. A second strike then hits, turning the screen orange. The couple then crouch down, as the alarmed man flings himself into the pond. He is then seen diving down into the water to avoid getting injured by the flying debris. The woman is captured running away as litter rains around her, and...
    (CNN)The United States government took a slew of actions against Russia on Tuesday, sanctioning those whom it says support Russia's defense industrial base, designating Russian military units for human rights abuses in Ukraine and implementing a ban on new imports of Russian gold.The moves are the latest in response to Russia's months-long war in Ukraine and were taken after G7 leaders in Germany agreed to steps, including the gold import ban, meant to weaken Moscow.In a statement, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on 70 entities, including State Corporation Rostec -- "a massive Russian state-owned enterprise formed to consolidate Russia's technological, aerospace, and military-industrial expertise" -- and its key holdings and affiliates, as well as 29 Russian individuals.The Treasury Department re-designated the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) -- two pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine recognized as independent by Moscow -- and sanctioned Vitaliy Pavlovich Khotsenko, who is "the newly appointed chairperson of the so-called government of the DNR," and six individuals who "are or have been high level officials in the so-called DNR and LNR...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Experts are working to come up with new export routes for millions of tons of grain stuck war-torn Ukraine but it will take time, a Polish government official said Monday. Vast amounts of corn and other grains are stuck in Ukraine – one of the world’s largest grain producers – and cannot be exported because Russia has blocked the country’s ports. Michal Dworczyk, the head of the Polish prime minister’s office said two major border crossings have been expanded and dedicated to cargo traffic only, while plans are in the works to standardize Ukraine’s tracks with European ones and to increase the export capacity of Poland’s sea ports. “We are facing a very big challenge,” Dworczyk said. “We need to say it honestly, you do not solve such problems from one day to another… from one week to another.” Dworczyk said that Poland was pleased with U.S. President Joe Biden’s offer earlier this month to build temporary grain silos along Ukraine’s borders, including with Poland. He said experts need to ascertain the type...
    President Joe Biden on Monday rallied western allies to a series of new sanctions on Russia ahead of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's address to the G7. The latest round of financial targets are designed to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin in his pocketbook and to hamper Moscow's ability to wage war against Ukraine.  Biden and his allies will target Russian defense firms, companies that have been profiting from Putin's war machine and entities that have committed human rights violations and aided in stealing Ukraine grain. They will also look to set a price cap on Russian oil. The measures are designed to 'deprive Putin of the resources he needs to wage his war, and hold the kleptocracy to account for its illgotten gains,' the White House said. Biden and his fellow leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union will focus on Ukraine in their Monday sessions. Zelensky will address the leaders virtually as the war enters its fifth month. Russia, meanwhile, has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik coup more...
    Russia said Saturday it planned to send nuclear-grade missiles to Belarus within months, signaling a boldness as it made gains in Ukraine’s eastern regions. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the promise in a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has publicly supported Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. “We will transfer to Belarus Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their conventional and nuclear versions,” he said, according to Russia’s state-owned Tass news agency. “It's a deal.” Putin also promised to help upgrade some of Belarus’ aircraft to support the nuclear missiles. The Russian strongarm’s potentially deadly declaration came as he remained a pariah among world leaders during the weekend’s G7 summit in Germany. There, leaders from the U.S., the U.K., and other nations debated further punishments for Russia over Putin’s war. “The main message from the G7 will be unity and coordination of action … That’s the main message, that even through difficult times … we stick to our alliance,” an EU official told The Guardian. The announcement also came days after...
    The Jan. 6 committee says that working through new coup evidence will require additions to the planned hearing schedule The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 coup attempt will be adding more public hearings to its schedule due to the continued revelation of new evidence; those hearings will be held "later in July," says committee chair Bennie Thompson. In the meantime committee members are being provided with beefed-up security due to threats of violence by pro-coup Trump supporters. Singled out as the possible avenue through which coup supporters were supposed to slip fake lists of electors to Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ron Johnson continues to deflect questions about his role, but he's sure not making his excuses very plausible. The Republican Party has been responding with a ratcheting-up of "culture war" issues, which is the name given to any debate in which conservatives want to discriminate against a targeted set of Americans in a way that most Americans would find objectionable or grotesque. Conservative culture warriors are targeting trans Americans in their latest assault, with new proposed bills...
    ROME (AP) — Italy’s political landscape shifted Wednesday after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formalized his departure from the 5-Star Movement, splitting with the party he helped found over its Ukraine policy. Di Maio announced his departure after Premier Mario Draghi briefed the Senate on Italy’s continued commitment to helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia. The president of the lower Chamber of Deputies made the official announcement Wednesday that Di Maio’s new movement “Together for the Future” would be represented in the chamber with about 20 5-Star lawmakers who defected with Di Maio. Around a dozen 5-Star senators also defected, news reports said, making the right-wing League now the majority party in Parliament. The earthquake within the 5-Stars capped weeks of tensions in the movement fueled by differences over Italy’s Ukraine policy. The 5-Star leader, former Premier Giuseppe Conte, has called for Italy to stop sending weapons to Ukraine and to focus more on a diplomatic resolution, creating a split with Di Maio who as foreign minister is responsible for implementing the government’s Ukraine policy. “We had to decide which...
    Ukrainian soldiers digging new trenches on the outskirts of Lysychansk, June 21, 2022. Every time it seems impossible that the intensity of combat in Ukraine could increase … it increases. On-the-ground reports, official Ukrainian statements, and NASA’s FIRMS data all agree that conflict is hitting staggering new levels. There are reported Russian offenses taking place in both Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts. At the same time, Ukrainian counteroffensives are reportedly continuing in these areas. And there is what both sides are treating as the main prize at the moment: that continued area of Ukrainian control extending east to Severodonetsk. At the moment, Russia has a reported 36 Battalion Technical Groups (BTGs) lined up along the north side of the river east of Izyum and surrounding Severodonetsk. At the same time, more Russian forces are pressing up from the south, with heavy fighting near Toshkivka. That puts Russian forces about 10 kilometers south of Lysychansk. If Russia can break the Ukrainian lines there, they could threaten both Ukrainian artillery along the bluffs and the only escape route from Severodonetsk. FIRMS data around Severodonetsk on June 21....
    The Russian government will not guarantee the lives of two American fighters who were captured by state-backed forces in Ukraine earlier this month in a sinister forecast of their fate.  Alex Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were captured in a battle for Kharkiv on June 11. They are both believed to still be alive and recently appeared in videos released online.  However Russian officials say they will not guarantee that the men will make it out of the region alive.  In an interview on Monday night, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the pair were not protected by the Geneva Convention - which outlaws taking prisoners of war - because they were not part of the official Ukrainian army.   'It depends on the investigation,' Peskov told NBC News when asked if the two US citizens would be given the same death-by-firing-squad sentence that was handed down to British fighters Shaun Pinner, 48, and Aiden Aslin, 28. 'Those guys on the battlefield were firing at our military guys. They were endangering their lives. There will be a court, and there will...
    BRIT golfer Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed a harrowing phonecall with his Ukrainian ex-girlfriend gave him a different take on life. The 27-year-old, currently starring at the US Open, got in touch with his former partner Deniz Khazaniuk, who lives in the war-torn country and whose family still live in Lviv. 2Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed a phonecall with his ex-girlfriend from Ukraine changed his perspective on lifeCredit: EPA 2Deniz Khazaniuk lives in the Ukraine and her family are in Lviv Fitzpatrick told Sportsmail back in March: "She was telling me about her gran who had a couple of strokes recently and can hardly walk, so she can’t go anywhere. "Then she told me about her uncle who had just packed his bags and was off to fight tomorrow. "I was sitting there in Florida ready to practise and it hit me, the contrast between the fact he might never come back and what I do." Fitzpatrick, who has climbed to No18 in the world thanks to top-10 finishes at the Phoenix Open and the Pebble Beach pro-am, admitted that the situation...
    Brit golfer Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed a harrowing phonecall with his Ukrainian ex-girlfriend gave him a different take on life. The 27-year-old, currently starring at the US Open, got in touch with his former partner Deniz Khazaniuk, who lives in the war-torn country and whose family still live in Lviv. 2Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed a phonecall with his ex-girlfriend from Ukraine changed his perspective on lifeCredit: EPA 2Deniz Khazaniuk lives in the Ukraine and her family are in Lviv Fitzpatrick told Sportsmail back in March: "She was telling me about her gran who had a couple of strokes recently and can hardly walk, so she can’t go anywhere. "Then she told me about her uncle who had just packed his bags and was off to fight tomorrow. "I was sitting there in Florida ready to practise and it hit me, the contrast between the fact he might never come back and what I do." Fitzpatrick, who has climbed to No18 in the world thanks to top-10 finishes at the Phoenix Open and the Pebble Beach pro-am. admitted that the situation...
    Ukrainian soldiers check out a destroyed Russian tank outside Lysychansk, June 17, 2022. It has now been two full months since Russian forces completely withdrew from the areas around Kyiv, Sumy, and Chernihiv. In the process, Russia left behind an amazing collection of ruined vehicles, a maddening series of ruined villages, and sickening evidence of massive war crimes.  In the time since what the media had treated as Russia’s unstoppable “convoys” turned around and rolled back to Belarus, Russia has made significant gains in eastern Ukraine. But all the area gained over the last two months is only a fraction of what Russia surrendered over a period of a week after the assault on Kyiv failed.  Also in that period, Ukraine has launched counteroffensives both north of Kharkiv and west of Kherson. In both cases, pro-Russian sources dismiss these counteroffensives as “failures” because they failed to drive Russian forces completely out of the Kharkiv area and failed to capture the city of Kherson. But expecting either of those things to occur quickly is setting up false expectations. At Kherson, Ukraine is...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke Friday via video at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum's plenary session, which Russian President Vladimir Putin opened with a speech over an hour long. This picture is from Putin's visit to Beijing in early February 2022.Alexei Druzhinin | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday emphasized his country's commitment to trading with Russia, despite Western sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. "Today our cooperation between Russia and China [is] rising," Xi said, according to an official English translation carried by Russian state broadcaster RT. He cited Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing in early February. "Trade over the first half of this year has been [in the tens of billions of U.S. dollars] and we can expect new records in upcoming months, which is a testament to the great cooperation between our two nations," Xi said. The Chinese leader was speaking via video at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum's plenary session, which Putin opened with a speech over an hour long. The official Chinese state...
    CHINA has launched a huge new aircraft carrier capable of carrying a fleet of warplanes that matches the power of US Navy for the first time. The unveiling of 100,000 ton Fujian comes as fears of war over Taiwan mount in the wake of Xi Jinping ordering a widening of China's military operations. 2The Fujian being unveiled as a ceremony at a shipyard in ShanghaiCredit: AP At a ceremony in a shipyard in Shanghai, the Type 003 carrier was revealed as water jets sprayed over its deck while multi-coloured streamers and smoke was released. Dozens of navy personnel lined up in front of the ship and sang the national anthem at the ceremony, which was attended by senior military officials. Ridzwan Rahmat, a Singapore-based analyst with the defence intelligence company Janes described the Fujian as an “important milestone” in China’s capability. A senior Taiwanese defence official said that with the new carrier China was flagging to the region its intentions about projecting power well into the Pacific. READ MORE ON CHINA DRAGONFIRE China warns US ‘we won't hesitate to declare...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday he would take advice on whether to accept President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s invitation to visit Ukraine during an upcoming European trip. Albanese will attend a NATO meeting in Spain at the end of this month. Albanese said he only became aware of the invitation to visit Ukraine when he read a newspaper report Friday. “I’ll take appropriate advice, and obviously there are security issues as well in terms of such a visit,” Albanese told reporters. “I appreciate the spirit in which it’s been offered and one of the reasons why Australia has been invited to NATO is that Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to give support to Ukraine in its defense of its national sovereignty against Russia’s illegal, immoral invasion. And we’ll continue to stand with the people of Ukraine,” Albanese added. Zelenskyy gave the invitation when he wrote to congratulate Albanese on his center-left Labor Party’s win at elections on May 21, said Ukraine Embassy in Australia’s deputy head of mission Volodymyr Shalkivski. The invitation...
    As the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra took a bow following a last concert for the Nazi regime, boys from the Hitler Youth passed among the audience with wicker baskets filled with cyanide capsules, offering them around. That evening, April 12, 1945, senior party officials, family and friends at Berlin’s Beethoven Salle had listened to the final aria from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, The Twilight Of The Gods — knowing this was also the twilight of Hitler’s rule. The Red Army was powering toward Berlin and fear stalked the city. Russia’s army then, as now, was renowned for its ruthlessness. Who could blame those who availed themselves of those capsules, seeking a painless way out? The authorities in Berlin turned a blind eye to the trade in cyanide; a discreet request to a sympathetic pharmacist could elicit a small glass phial, secured with a cork. Urban myth had it that cyanide was painless, the taste of bitter almonds on the tongue leading to a calm, non-violent death. The reality for those who chose to take it was horribly different. As the chemicals hit the...
    (CNN)When CNN Hero Aaron Jackson welcomed the first group of dogs from Ukraine to the abandoned animal shelter he's reopened in Poland, he also took in two refugees who shared an amazing story of survival.Jackson, the founder of the non-profit Planting Peace, traveled from his Florida home to Poland shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. He estimates that he has helped find housing for some 300 refugees, including many dog owners who struggled to stay with their pets."If you were walking through the camps, there were just so many refugees that had brought their dogs over. And that only makes sense. It's an extension of their family," Jackson told CNN They fled their house in Ukraine, but a CNN Hero helped make Poland their new homeJackson learned that dogs coming from Ukraine had not been allowed to mix with local dogs in Polish shelters due to concerns about disease. So, he recently found an animal shelter sitting empty in the city of Poznan and received permission to take it over.An overwhelmed rescue organization in Ukraine was the first to send dogs...
    Amber waves of grain, somewhere on the eastern Donbas front The United States and several of its Western allies announced a new round of military (and humanitarian) aid for Ukraine.  United States, $1 billion: 18 155mm Howitzers; 36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition; 18 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers; Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems; Four Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment; Spare parts and other equipment. Two Harpoon coastal defense systems; Thousands of secure radios; Thousands of Night Vision devices, thermal sights, and other optics; Funding for training, maintenance, sustainment, transportation, and administrative costs. Germany 3 MLRS M270 launchers and ammunition Canada:  10 M777 howitzers Replacement M777 barrels Slovakia:  Mi17 attack helicopters (it has four left in its entire fleet) Missiles and parts Poland and Netherlands:  More artillery (undisclosed amounts. Netherlands is also sending additional Harpoon anti-ship missiles, alongside the U.S., U.K, and Denmark. The reaction to this new aid package was typically hysterical. It’s too little! It’s too late! Why are they so slow! Only 18 M777s? Ukraine needs 1,000! Ukraine won’t get 1,000 155 mm artillery pieces, and it doesn’t...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 billion package of military assistance the U.S. announced for Ukraine on Wednesday is aimed at bolstering the country’s ability to push back Russian advances in the eastern Donbas region. Several European nations added their own contributions, as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrapped up a meeting of more then 45 nations in Brussels to discuss Ukraine’s security needs. The aid reflects Ukraine’s needs for longer-range rocket and missile systems that will allow it to target Russian troops and locations from farther away, thus making strikes less likely for Ukrainian forces. The $1 billion package is the largest single tranche of aid provided by the U.S. since the war began on Feb. 24. It includes $350 million in rapid, off-the-shelf deliveries by the Pentagon and $650 million in other longer-term purchases. All combined, the U.S. has now committed about $6.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $5.6 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. The U.S. military aid announced on Wednesday includes: — 18...
    President Joe Biden announced the latest military aid package for Ukraine, which is for roughly $1 billion, on Wednesday afternoon. Biden, he said in a statement, informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone that the U.S. would be providing an additional $1 billion in military aid for Ukraine. This package will include “additional artillery and coastal defense weapons, as well as ammunition for the artillery and advanced rocket systems that the Ukrainians need to support their defensive operations in the Donbas,” Biden explained. US OFFICIAL CITES RUSSIAN 'LABORATORY OF HORRORS' AND POSSIBLE 'SHAM REFERENDUM' IN UKRAINE This new package coincides with Secretary Lloyd Austin's Defense Contact Group meeting in Brussels with NATO and non-NATO Western ally defense ministers. Nearly 50 of Austin's counterparts attended the in-person meeting, including Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov. In a presser before the meeting, Austin implored his colleagues to "push ourselves even harder to ensure that Ukraine can defend itself. Its citizens and its territory," while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg pledged more military aid to Ukraine. "We are extremely focused on stepping up,...