The NATO leader urged his member countries on Thursday to send “both light weapons and heavier weapons” to Ukraine as foreign ministers meet in Belgium to map out the alliance’s next steps in the fight against the army of the NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The plea comes as British intelligence suggests Russian forces are targeting infrastructure in a deliberate attempt to sabotage the Ukrainian military’s supply lines ahead of what is expected to be a renewed assault on the country’s east, which is now has become Moscow’s main territorial target after failing to capture kyiv.
“I have urged allies to provide more support for many different types of systems, both light weapons and heavier weapons,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who is in Brussels on Thursday for the meeting, also made his approach clear: “My agenda is very simple… it’s weapons, weapons and weapons.”
He reportedly called for planes, armored vehicles, ground-based missiles and air defense systems.
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The US and Poland will hold joint military exercises near the border with Ukraine
A State Department source told Fox News’ Tyler Kendall on Thursday that the United States and Poland will hold joint military exercises tomorrow near Rzeszow, about an hour from Poland’s border with Ukraine.
President Joe Biden had visited the city during his trip to Europe for a NATO summit in late March.
“Fire and tactical training at the training ground in Nowa Dęba is to deepen the interoperability of Polish and American troops and harmonize Polish military units,” the Polish military said in a statement ahead of the military exercise.
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Russia responds to US sanctions on Putin’s daughters
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Russia “will definitely respond and do it as it sees fit” after the daughters of President Vladimir Putin were among the targets of new US sanctions.
The United States announced Wednesday that it is sanctioning Putin’s two adult daughters as part of a new batch of sanctions on the country’s political and economic systems in retaliation for their alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that the sanctions “come on top of a completely frantic lineup of various restrictions” and the fact that the restrictions target family members “speaks for itself.”
“This is something that is difficult to understand and explain. But, unfortunately, we have to deal with such opponents,” Peskov said.
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300 dogs found dead in Ukraine animal shelter, animal rights group says
Hundreds of dogs were recently found dead at an animal shelter in Borodyanka, Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian animal rights organization UAnimals.
More than 300 dogs appeared to have starved to death, having been left locked in their cages and other enclosures without food or water, according to a Facebook post by UAnimals.
“A few days ago we were shocked by the terrible news: more than 300 dogs died in the Borodyanka animal shelter,” read a translation of the Facebook post.
“The volunteers who managed to reach the quadruped after the liberation of the village saved only a third of the shelter’s residents, most of whom are now in critical condition for treatment.”
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Putin ally and Chechen leader mock more brutalities as fractures with Kremlin emerge
As Ukrainian and Western officials denounced the atrocities witnessed in the Bucha massacre and around kyiv, a die-hard Chechen fighter and close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been posting videos on his Telegram channel saying his men are ready to end the I work in Ukraine.
Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Muslim-majority Chechen Republic, reportedly visited the heavily bombed Black Sea port city of Mariupol as Russian troops withdrew from the capital region around kyiv and regrouped. to focus its offensive on southeastern Ukraine.
Western counties increased their sanctions against Moscow on Wednesday in an effort to cripple Russia’s war machine after photos emerged showing plainclothes corpses lining the streets of Bucha, some with their hands behind their backs and showing signs of death. rape and torture.
Defense experts told Fox News Digital that signs of such killings are remnants of Chechen fighters or Wagner Group mercenaries who the Kremlin had reportedly been flying to Ukraine during the war effort to hunt down and kill the Ukrainian president. Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
Conscripted soldiers, regular infantrymen serving in the Russian forces, would be less likely to be trained to round up civilians as efficiently and brutally, as evidence in Bucha and around kyiv suggests.
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Russian troops discussed Bucha atrocities over radio, German intelligence agency claims
Russian troops who carried out the atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha spoke on the radio about killing civilians, according to the German intelligence agency, which claims to have intercepted the radio messages.
The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) presented the findings in parliament on Wednesday, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported.
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US Senate votes to resurrect WWII-era policy to help Ukraine
The US Senate has voted to resurrect the lend-lease program that allowed the United States to send weapons to Britain and other allies in World War II, in order to bolster Ukraine’s effort against Russian invaders.
Ukraine’s Defense of Democracy Lend-Lease Act of 2022, S.3522, passed the Senate by voice vote on Wednesday night. The bill is intended to “give greater authority to the president to enter into agreements with the government of Ukraine to lend or lease defense items to that government to protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion.”
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Russian troops in “tent cities”, low morale
Some Russian troops have been stationed in “tent cities” on the Russian border with Ukraine and morale among Kremlin forces remains low, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement.
The soldiers “refuse to participate in further fighting in Ukraine,” the military office said. “The moral and psychological condition of said personnel is low and tends to deteriorate.”
The command of the Russian Armed Forces is struggling to “solve the issue of replenishment of human resources of its units,” the Ukrainian military added. “Russian military commissars have activated work with servicemen who were discharged from military service after 2012 and have military accounting specialties of driver, mechanical driver, explorer and junior commanders.”
FBI disrupts Russian military hackers, bypassing botnet
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wrested control of thousands of routers and firewalls from Russian military hackers by hijacking the very devices Moscow spies had been using to set up a “botnet” , a network of hacked computers that can bombard other servers with rogue attacks. traffic.
“Fortunately, we were able to disrupt this botnet before it could be used,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a news conference.
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Russian crematoria operating in Mariupol: ‘This is the new Auschwitz,’ says mayor
The Mariupol City Council on Wednesday accused Russian forces of relying on a mobile crematorium to cover up their alleged war crimes in the southeastern Ukrainian port city.
Mariupol, which has been partially occupied for weeks, has been the target of one of the most brutal Russian offensives in Ukraine since the invasion began in February.
“The killers are covering their tracks,” the city council said in several social media posts, adding that the Russians have set up “mobile crematoria.”
“Russia’s top leaders ordered the destruction of any evidence of crimes committed by its army in Mariupol,” the council added in a translated statement, accusing Moscow of reacting to widespread condemnation of the mass killings of civilians in Bucha.
Humanitarian access to the city has been blocked for weeks, with an estimated 160,000 residents unable to evacuate and lacking access to electricity, heat, medical care and water, the UK Ministry of Defense said.
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Pentagon trains Ukrainians to use armed drones
The US military is training Ukrainian soldiers in the US to use armed drones to attack Russian tanks and other armored vehicles, The New York Times reported.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin revealed the training in House testimony on Tuesday. Pentagon officials offered more details Wednesday about the Switchblade drones and how US officials are instructing the Ukrainians to use them against Russian forces.
The United States had previously sent Switchblade drones to Ukraine, which one expert told Fox News could be a “game changer.”
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