US sends first shipment of military aid to Ukraine amid standoff with Russia

The United States says the first shipment of military aid promised by President Joe Biden to Ukraine amid the standoff with Russia has arrived in Kyiv. Washington has also endorsed a move by the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to send US-made weapons to Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted on Saturday to saluteContinue reading “US sends first shipment of military aid to Ukraine amid standoff with Russia”

Russia to Stage Large-Scale ‘Attack’ Drills Near Ukraine as Tensions Ratchet

Russia announced large-scale “attack” and amphibious assault exercises in and around annexed Crimea on Thursday as Western governments continue to sound the alarm over Moscow’s possible invasion of Ukraine. More than 1,200 Russian airborne and artillery troops, as well as chemical and biological forces and 250 pieces of military hardware, will conduct combat firing exercises at theContinue reading “Russia to Stage Large-Scale ‘Attack’ Drills Near Ukraine as Tensions Ratchet”

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Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure

Xi accuses West of meddling in Chinese affairs Kremlin says Xi backs Putin push for security guarantees Putin, Xi expected to meet at Beijing Winter Olympics in Feb Trade between Russia and China rising sharply – Putin Russia and China should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other’s security interests, presidents VladimirContinue reading “Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure”

Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss tensions in Europe and “aggressive” U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a video call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. The conversation will take place at a moment of high tension in both countries’ relations with the West, with Beijing under pressure over human rights andContinue reading “Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says”

Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build

Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world’s least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force’s firing exercises to the media inContinue reading “Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build”

NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News

Aerial images shared by the United States have sparked concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks evidence has emerged of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops building up on Russia’s western border. Ukraine says that Moscow is preparing a sea and ground attack from Russian-annexed Crimea and the Donbass region. Kyiv hasContinue reading “NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News”

Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border

The Estonian government summoned 1,700 reserve soldiers on Wednesday for an unannounced exercise which will include installing a razor wire barrier along 40 km of its border with Russia, as the migration crisis in nearby Belarus intensifies. The EU has accused Belarus of flying inthousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and pushingContinue reading “Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border”

Two Russian paratroopers die in Belarus during joint exercises near Polish border

Two Russian servicemen died in western Belarus near the Polish border on Friday during joint airborne exercises with Minsk. The Russian defence ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies that the two soldiers’ parachutes failed to function properly “due to a sudden strong gust of wind” during their jumps. “Despite the effortsContinue reading “Two Russian paratroopers die in Belarus during joint exercises near Polish border”

Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland

Russia has sent paratroopers to Belarus in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border with Poland Russia sent paratroopers to Belarus Friday in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border withContinue reading “Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland”

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