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Restoring U.S. Stockpile After Sending Ukraine Weapons to Cost $1.5 Billion


A short-term spending bill approved by Congress on Friday includes $1.5 billion to replenish the U.S. weapons stockpile after it has been used to aid Ukrainians in their fight against Russia. The New York Times reported on Friday that the spending package—which includes more than $12 billion in military and economic assistance for Ukraine—allocates $1.5 billion to replenish U.S. weapons, while also freeing up the Biden administration to transfer an additional $3.7 billion worth of equipment and weapons to Ukraine. Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. has provided Ukraine with weapons and equipment including helicopters, anti-aircraft systems, guns, grenade launchers, military vehicles, communications systems and ammunition. The U.S. has also provided Ukraine with High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and ammo for the systems, which military analysts have said have been key in the Ukrainians' success on the battlefield.

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Ukraine war: Russia withdraws troops from Lyman, strategic town in region Putin annexed


Russia suffered another setback during Ukraine's counteroffensive, confirming it withdrew troops from the eastern town of Lyman, within the newly annexed Donetsk region. Ukraine's armed forces on Saturday said they had "liberated" five settlements in the Donetsk region and encircled thousands of Russian soldiers. "Due to the risk to be encircled, the allied forces were withdrawn from Krasny Liman to more advantageous frontiers," Russia's Ministry of Defense said Saturday. "The Russian troops in the area of Lyman are encircled. Yampil, Novoselivka, Shandryholove, Drobysheve, and Stavky settlements are liberated. Stabilization measures are being conducted there," Serhii Cherevatyi, Speaker of the Eastern group of troops, told a Ukrainian news outlet reported Pravda.

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Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska on Russia's war, educating Ukraine's children and her country's future


Ukraine's first lady, Olena Zelenska, called it terrorism when she was told about the bombing of two schools, a library, a hospital and a soccer stadium in the city of Chernihiv. "[The Russians] try to frighten people to make them run, to have towns and villages empty so they can occupy these territories," Zelenska told correspondent Scott Pelley for this week's 60 Minutes. "Definitely, terrorism. The war is being waged using modern means, but from the moral and ethical point of view, [it's] the Middle Ages. "Zelenska has embraced the pain of 44 million people since Russia began their attacks last February. And even as Ukraine is gaining ground, half the country's families have been separated, according to Zelenska.

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Putin's Allies Are Divided Over When To Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine War


Seeds of division appear to be growing amongst the allies of Russian President Vladimire after an apparent dispute broke out over whether to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. On Saturday, the head of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, called on Putin to deploy nuclear weapons, but by Monday an official response seemed to slap him down. Kadyrov made his demands after Russian troops suffered a humiliating defeat in the city of Lyman. In a Telegram post, he said: "In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons. It is not necessary to take every decision with an eye on the Western American community—it has already said so and done a lot against us."

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Ex-CIA chief’s greatest concern in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is escalation ‘spiraling out of control’


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  • Leaders in Ukraine and the West are grappling with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat of using nuclear weapons.
  • Uncertainty over the likelihood of such action hangs over decision-making, even as Ukrainian forces stage bold counter-offensives in territory that Russia has illegally annexed.
The greatest worry for former CIA chief General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) concerning the war in Ukraine is the potential for unbridled escalation that would result in catastrophic consequences, he told CNBC Tuesday. Asked what his top concern was with regard to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, in which the U.S. is heavily supporting Ukraine to the tune of billions of dollars in military aid, Petraeus replied, “just as a general category, it’s just [the risk of it] spiraling out of control.”


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Ukraine reclaims even more territory; 2 Russians seek asylum after reaching Alaskan island


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Russia’s leadership that it cannot win the war as Kyiv counts more gains on the battlefield, both in the south around Kherson and in the east as Ukrainian troops push from Donetsk into Luhansk. “You have already lost. Lost because even now, on the 224th day of the full-scale war, you are forced to explain to your people the purpose of all this — this war, deceitful mobilization, self-destruction of your nation’s every prospect,” he said.

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Putin will escalate the war anyway, so start Ukraine's NATO negotiations now, Lithuanian PM tells Insider


  • Ukraine applied to join NATO, but some members suggested it should wait until war with Russia ends.
  • Lithuania's prime minister told Insider why she believes NATO-Ukraine negotiations should start immediately.
  • She said Russian threats are not a reason to delay as Russia proved it doesn't need a reason to escalate.
Negotiations for Ukraine to join NATO should begin immediately, Lithuania's prime minister told Insider. In an interview Thursday, Ingrida Šimonytė said that the frequent argument for not doing so — that Vladimir Putin might escalate his invasion in response — did not stack up. Putin, she said, had already escalated the conflict repeatedly and did not need an excuse in the actions of his adversaries to do so again.This week nine of NATO's 30 menbers, including Lithuania, said they support Ukraine's eventual membership of the alliance.


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Russia names a new commander for the war in Ukraine.


Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday named a new commander for its forces in Ukraine, appointing a career general to the post, as Moscow’s troops face serious setbacks on the battlefield. It said in a statement that Gen. Sergei Surovikin had been appointed to lead troops in the “special military operation” — using the language President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has designated to refer to the war. The announcement buried in a broader evening update from the ministry — was a rare acknowledgment of a personnel change from the ministry and comes at a time when Moscow’s forces have been under deep pressure, with its fighters on the run across a broad swath of the front line in Ukraine. The Defense Ministry announced a high-level leadership shake-up last month after an embarrassing rout of its forces in northeast Ukraine.


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Gen. Sergei Surovikin in 2017.

Gen. Sergei Surovikin in 2017
 

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One of two railroad lines from Russia to occupied Ukraine is now down. This is going to royally screw up Russia's already bad logistics in Southern Ukraine.
 

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Putin blames Ukraine forces for 'terrorist attack' on Crimea bridge: Live updates


Russia launched multiple missile attacks into the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia overnight, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 60 in an apparent reprisal for a truck bomb that damaged a Crimean bridge, authorities said Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday blamed Ukraine's special services for the bridge explosion, and he ordered the chairman of his investigative committee, Alexander Bastrykin, to open a criminal case. Bastrykin said some suspects already have been identified. "There is no doubt this is a terrorist attack aimed at destroying Russia's critically important civilian infrastructure," Putin said in reference to the only road link between Russia and Crimea. Ukraine officials have hinted involvement in the blast but have not claimed responsibility.

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Russia Buying Underwater Weapons as Concerns of Nuclear Submarines Grow


Threats of nuclear proliferation by Russia have mostly revolved around aerial attacks, but the nation is quietly developing its underwater arsenal.
Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday that the Rubin Central Design Bureau is working with the Russian Ministry of Defense to develop over 10 types of various unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).The collaboration was confirmed by Andrey Baranov, deputy general director of the Central Design Bureau for Foreign Economic Activity and Military-Technical Cooperation.


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How latest strikes show Putin will stick with Russia’s hawks on Ukraine war


Russia’s air strikes on civilian targets across Ukraine this week are the latest sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin is inclined to escalate the war amid mounting losses on the battlefield and rising criticism at home. The Kremlin has also promoted military leaders known for their brutality, ramped up troop deployments, and is once again calling to “completely dismantle” the government in Kyiv. However, while Putin is clearly attempting to signal an escalation in Ukraine to appease hawkish elements in Russia, experts said it’s unlikely his current actions or posturing will slow Moscow’s losses or Kyiv’s momentum.

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Ukraine Nuclear Plant Equipment Forced to Run on Diesel Fuel Amid Strikes


Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant lost all of its external power on Wednesday because of damage from shelling, forcing the site to rely on backup diesel generators for its safety and security functions, according to a top official from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. "This repeated loss of #ZNPP's off-site power is a deeply worrying development and it underlines the urgent need for a nuclear safety & security protection zone around the site," Grossi wrote. In an updated posted several hours later, he said the IAEA's team had informed him that external power was restored. The plant's operator said that shelling damage to "a far off substation" caused the outage, "highlighting how precarious the situation is," Grossi tweeted. "We need a protection zone ASAP."

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Kamikaze drones and missiles hit north and south Ukraine; Kremlin denies Putin discussed war ‘settlement’


Ukraine has been faced with more missile strikes overnight, with critical infrastructure in the Kyiv region being hit with drone strikes and the southern city of Mykolaiv “massively shelled,” according to the city’s mayor. In the wake of several days of Russian missile strikes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been calling for more international assistance in the form of air defense systems. In his nightly address Wednesday, he said “the more audacious and cruel Russian terror becomes, the more obvious it is to the world that helping Ukraine to protect the sky is one of the most important humanitarian tasks for Europe.” Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Turkey’s President Erdogan on Thursday. It’s expected that Turkey could formally offer to host peace talks between Russia and the West in a bid to end the war in Ukraine.

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World Bank says Ukraine has tenfold increase in poverty due to war


Russia's attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukrainian cities away from the front lines will complicate the dire economic situation facing the country, which has already seen a tenfold increase in poverty this year, a top World Bank official said on Saturday. Arup Banerji, World Bank regional country director for Eastern Europe, said Ukraine's rapid restoration of power after this week's large-scale Russian attacks on energy facilities reflected the efficiency of the wartime system, but Russia's shift in tactics has elevated risks. Ukrainian officials have stressed that they need ongoing and predictable financial assistance to keep the government running, while also beginning critical repairs and reconstruction. The response to Zelenskiy's call - delivered during the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank - and many other meetings held over the past week was encouraging, Banerji told Reuters in an interview.

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Markarova says global response if Russia uses nuclear weapons has to be "very harsh"


Oksana Markarova, Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, addressed President Emmanuel Macron's recent suggestion that France would not act in kind if Russia were to carry out a nuclear attack on her country and emphasized that the "global response" to nuclear threats should be "very harsh" due to their gravity. "We cannot rule out anything," said Markarova during an appearance on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, while speaking about the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use nuclear weapons amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. But, Markarova added, the issue of whether Putin will use nuclear force or not is "much bigger than Ukraine" as a decision to do so would break international weapons agreements and effectively endanger the security infrastructure of Europe at large.

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Russia is making excuses for why it can't stop US-made HIMARS from shredding its military in Ukraine


  • Russian forces have struggled to counter Ukraine's use of US-made HIMARS rockets.
  • Some Russians have an explanation: HIMARS has a secret feature that makes it harder to target them.
  • That's probably bluster meant to distract from Russian military failings, one expert told Insider.
Why can't Russia destroy Ukraine's US-made HIMARS rocket launchers? One Russian defense blog has an explanation: HIMARS has a secret feature that prevents Russian artillery from targeting it. Not quite, Western defense experts say. The more likely reason is Russian incompetence. In September, Russian defense blog Avia wrote about why Russian artillery has been not able to knock out Ukraine's M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, which fire GPS-guided rockets that have savaged vital Russian targets such as ammunition dumps, command posts, and bridges.


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Iranian-made drones are Russia’s latest terror weapons in the invasion of Ukraine


Russia has launched Iranian-made drones against Kyiv in the first known mass deployment of loitering munitions against Ukrainian civilians. The Russian military unleashed Shashed-136 'kamikaze' drones against civilian targets in Kyiv on Monday as part of its campaign to terrorize Ukraine’s population into submission. The drones can reportedly carry an 80-pound warhead up 1,500 miles and linger over a designated area before striking a target. At least four people were killed in Kyiv after 28 such drones attacked Ukraine’s capital in several waves, Ukrainian officials told the Associated Press. A spokesman for Ukraine’s air force claimed that 13 of the drones had been shot down by local defense forces but five had struck the city.

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[sie=6]Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia evacuating citizens from Kherson as commander describes ‘tense’ situation[/size]​


Ukraine has received €2bn in financial assistance from the European Union, the first tranche of a €5bn package of support. President Volodymyr Zelenskly and the prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, both thanked the bloc for the aid given in the wake of Russia’s invasion.“The additional financial resource will help to cover urgent budgetary expenses, in particular for the social and humanitarian spheres,” Shmyhal said. Russia targeted a thermal power station, causing explosions, fires and power cuts. Kyiv’s city prosecutor’s office confirmed the fatalities and announced it had opened an investigation into a possible “violation of the laws and customs of war”. Power stations in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv and south-eastern city of Dnipro were also targeted in separate strikes.

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