Category: Military & Defense

Losses in Ukraine are ‘out of proportion’ to what NATO has been planning for, the alliance’s top general says

U.S. troops on a NATO mission in Orzysz, Poland in April 2017. Associated Press NATO leaders have been nervous by the heavy casualties and big ammunition utilization in Ukraine. “The scale of this war is out of proportion with all of our recent thinking,” NATO’s top general said in January. The heavy casualties and big ammunition consumption seen throughout the conflict in Ukraine has top…

US takes down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean, seeking to recover debris

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP The US has taken down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic, in accordance to The AP. The balloon earlier on Saturday had been detected over South Carolina close to the Atlantic Ocean. An operation is at present underway to recover fragments of the balloon….

The Western-made tanks heading to Ukraine are unique — but that creates unique problems for Ukraine’s military

A US soldier scrambles into the motive force’s compartment of an M1A1 Abrams tank at Fort Benning in Georgia in May 2016. Army picture by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy Three sorts of Western tanks now are headed to Ukraine, and more might comply with. Those tanks have particular logistics wants and operational necessities — and a few unique options. Military provide officers have a…

A decade of quiet preparations helped Ukraine turn the tables on Russia’s greater, better-armed army, experts say

Ukrainian troops carry rocket-propelled grenades and sniper rifles towards the metropolis of Irpin in March 2022. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images Following Russia’s 2014 assault, Ukraine’s army got down to enhance and modernize its forces. Kyiv’s choices throughout that interval helped it maintain off Moscow’s assault in late February 2022. When Russia annexed Crimea and stoked a battle in japanese Ukraine’s Donbas area in 2014,…

Ex-Russian operative who visited the front in Ukraine says Russian troops are in disarray due to a ‘disaster of strategic...

Igor Girkin, often known as Igor Strelkov, speaks at a information convention in Moscow, Russia, on November 13, 2018. Pavel Golovkin/AP Igor Girkin is a former Russian army commander who led the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Recently, he has been a critic of the Kremlin’s army technique in Ukraine. The troopers are going through “the deepest crisis of strategic planning,” Girkin wrote on Telegram….

China operates more than 100 secret ‘police stations’ in dozens of countries to monitor its citizens in exile, report says

The Chinese flag. Getty Images China has more than 100 “police stations” globally to monitor its citizens in exile, a report said. Some of these facilities are set up with the help of the host nations, Safeguard Defenders alleged. FBI Director Christopher Wray said he’s “very concerned” about Chinese “police stations” in the US.  China operates more than 100 so-called police stations worldwide to monitor,…

The US Air Force just broke cover on its first new bomber in many years. See photos of the new...

The B-21 Bomber was unveiled Friday. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman The Air Force unveiled its new stealth bomber in Palmdale, California on Friday. The B-21 Raider was made by Northrop Grumman and is a sixth-generation plane. The plane’s first flight is projected for 2023, although the timing will rely on floor take a look at outcomes. The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber…

Staff at a hospital in occupied Ukraine resisted a takeover from Russian troops by faking a COVID-19 outbreak

A fireplace burns after a Russian strike in the Kherson ship yards on November 24, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine. Chris McGrath/Getty Images Stories of Ukrainian resistance have emerged from Kherson since Russia’s retreat. Staff at a hospital detailed the lengths they went to in order to keep away from a Russian takeover. “Our hospital couldn’t become a Russian hospital,” the lead doctor advised The Wall…

Zelenskyy calls for ‘robust reaction’ from the UN after Russian bombs left millions of Ukrainians without heat and water in...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks as he and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson give a press convention on August 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Alexey Furman/Getty Images Zelenskyy condemned current Russian missile assaults on Ukrainian power infrastructure. The president referred to as for a robust international response to the assault, which has left millions without energy. Moscow has elevated its bombings as winter takes maintain…

The world’s 5 best special-operations forces besides those of the US

Members of France’s Commando Hubert prepare on the frigate Jean de Vienne off of Toulon in southern France in July 2017. FRANCK PENNANT/AFP through Getty Images Special-operations forces are some of the most distinguished and energetic navy models in the world. US models, like the Navy SEALs, are well-known, however many international locations area top-tier particular operators. Here are some of the world’s different high…

Ancient anti-aircraft guns are taking on a new mission amid Russia’s war in Ukraine

An Ukrainian soldier on a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun on the frontline northeast of Kyiv on March 3. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP through Getty Images Since Russia attacked in February, navy plane, missiles, and drones have stuffed Ukraine’s skies. Russia and Ukraine have each turned to older anti-aircraft guns to bolster their air defenses. Those older AA guns have discovered new life in the hassle to shoot down…

The scramble to rearm Ukraine is transforming NATO in a way that would’ve been hard without Putin’s help

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with British Royal Navy personnel at Bardufoss Air Base in Norway on March 25. Annika Byrde/Getty Images NATO international locations have scrambled to rearm and resupply Ukraine because it fights off Russia’s invasion. Those international locations are additionally getting new {hardware} to substitute the weaponry they’re sending to Kyiv. That new tools will additional align NATO’s militaries and make the…

Russian university officials pressured African students to join the conflict, threatening them with axed scholarships and tuition hikes: report

A constructing of the Southern Federal University in Rostov-On-Don, Russia, July 24, 2017 David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters African students in Russia informed The Daily Beast that they have been pressured to battle in Ukraine. Students stated they have been informed they may lose their scholarships or see payment hikes, per the Beast. The university, in Rostov-on-Don, is a key recruitment floor for Russian fighters. Officials at a…

A Russian soldier wounded in Ukraine said the army rescued his officer but broke a promise to come back for...

Ammunition bins lay outdoors a destroyed faculty on the outskirts of a not too long ago liberated village outskirts of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, on November 16, 2022. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, file Ukrainian troops discovered a wounded Russian soldier in retaken Kherson, per footage seen by CNN. The soldier said his comrades informed him they’d return for him, but solely rescued his officer. “They said…

Russian forces were suffering from ‘digital fratricide’ within days of attacking Ukraine, a new report says

A wrecked Russian cellular electronic-warfare system on show in Kyiv on May 23. Valentyna Polishchuk/TRK LUX/Global Images Ukraine through Getty Images Early in Russia’s assault on Ukraine, Russian forces used digital warfare to nice impact. But that EW additionally interfered with Russian operations, compounding the opposite issues its troops confronted. That “electronic fratricide” compelled Russian troops to dial again their EW, researchers say. In the…

The wife of a Russian soldier says she gave her TV away because the war in Ukraine was making her...

Russian recruits collect outdoors a navy processing middle in Moscow, Russia on October 06, 2022. Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency through Getty Images Russia has been affected by a collection of main setbacks in Ukraine. The wife of one Russian soldier told The Washington Post that she needed to give her TV away.  The lady mentioned the information about the war made her “aggressive”, and all she…

Ukraine is helping evacuate people out of Kherson because they’re afraid that shattered power infrastructure will bring a devastating winter

People sit and wait to cost digital gadgets at a charging station contained in the Kherson Railway station on November 19, 2022. Chris McGrath/Getty Images Russian forces withdrew from the southern metropolis of Kherson final week — a main victory for Ukraine. But broken power infrastructure and plunging temperatures are making life troublesome for civilians.  The authorities will assist evacuate anybody who desires to go…

UN reviewing video of captured Russian soldiers who appear to have been killed at close vary, NYT reports

An Ukrainian soldier seems to be out from a tank, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, within the frontline metropolis of Lyman, Donetsk area, Ukraine April 28, 2022 Jorge Silva/Reuters/file picture The UN is reviewing reports that Ukrainians could have executed 10 Russian prisoners of conflict. Videos reviewed by The New York Times appear to present Russian soldiers have been killed at close vary. War crimes…

More than a dozen powerful explosions at a huge Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in south Ukraine, says IAEA

Overview of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on August 29, 2022. Satellite picture ©2022 Maxar Technologies. Renewed shelling close to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the final 24 hours. “Powerful explosions shook the area,” said the IAEA in a statement. Grossi stated that there’s an “urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident.” The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)…

Former astronaut Scott Kelly says Russians have been ‘brainwashed’ over Ukraine

Scott Kelly spent nearly a yr on the International Space Station. NASA Former astronaut Scott Kelly mentioned Russians defending the warfare in Ukraine have been “brainwashed.” He has raised $65,000 to donate an ambulance to Ukraine by the United24 scheme. The former astronaut grew to become a web-based “troll” of Russia’s former house chief earlier this yr. Former astronaut Scott Kelly began the yr as…

US intel says Iran agreed to help Russia build more drones to use in Ukraine even as the Kremlin has...

A drone approaches for an assault in Kyiv on October 17, 2022. Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP through Getty Images Iran has agreed to help Russia with assault drone manufacturing, in accordance to The Washington Post. Russia has not formally confirmed that drones it has used in Ukraine have been Iranian. A Russian protection advisor was caught on a scorching mic final month saying “we all…

Russia raised a record $13.6 billion in one day as the cost of Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine keeps mounting

Russia raised greater than $13 billion on November 16. Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images Russia raised greater than $13 billion in a day as the cost of Putin’s war in Ukraine keeps mounting. Britain’s Defence Intelligence stated it was the largest quantity Moscow had raised in a single day.  Russia’s defence spending for 2023 is estimated to be 40% larger than beforehand forecast.  Russia has raised greater…

Kim Jong Un just revealed his daughter to the world in photos of North Korea’s latest launch of a massive...

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un walks away from an ICMB in this photograph launched on November 19, 2022 by North Korean state information. Reuters Kim Jong Un was seen with his spouse and a younger woman at a missile take a look at on Thursday. North Korean state information recognized the woman as Kim’s daughter. Kim is extraordinarily secretive about his household, however he’s…

How small-town Maine embraced a family that fled the Taliban

Omid, left, and Nasir stroll on a path winding by way of farm fields close to their properties in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Jodi Hilton for Insider In the fall of 2021, a family from Afghanistan was resettled in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This is the story of how they rebuilt their lives, the group that welcomed them, and a friendship that bridged two cultures. CAPE ELIZABETH,…

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée says that slain journalist ‘died once more’ after Biden argued for Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman’s...

Hatice Cengiz; President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Murad Sezer, REUTERS; Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout through REUTERS The fiancée of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi criticized the Biden administration on Thursday. Thursday, US officials argued that the Saudi Crown Prince deserves immunity, per worldwide regulation. Hatice Cengiz mentioned Khashoggi “died again” because of the US place on Crown Prince Mohammed….

FBI chief says shadowy Chinese police stations in the US are ‘outrageous’ and he’s ‘very involved’

FBI Director Christopher Wray Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc through Getty Images FBI Director Christopher Wray stated he’s “very concerned” about secret Chinese police stations in the US. “We are aware of the existence of these stations,” Wray stated throughout a Senate listening to. Wray stated it could be “outrageous” for China to arrange such stations with out correct coordination. FBI Director Christopher Wray advised US…

Russian troops are building new defensive positions nearly 40 miles behind current front traces, a sign they’re planning for more...

Targets are hit by grad rockets of Grad Rocket Company of the Ukrainian Military Forces in Donetsk, Ukraine as Russia-Ukraine conflict continues on November 17, 2022. Photo by Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency by way of Getty Images Russian troops are making new defensive positions miles behind the front traces, the UK stated Friday. British intelligence stated that these new positions counsel the Russian navy is…

Man says Russia tortured him for 10 days for taking photos of destroyed tanks and sending them to Ukraine’s army

Alesha Babenko, 27, left, Vitaliy Mysharskiy, 14, heart, and member of the family Tanya Babii sit within the yard of the household home within the not too long ago retaken village of Kyselivka, outskirts of Kherson, on November 15, 2022. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue A Ukrainian man advised the AP he was locked up and tortured by Russian troopers for 10 days. He stated he was…

Nord Stream pipeline carrying Russian gas was blown up in an intentional ‘gross sabotage,’ Sweden says

Danish navy video of bubbles in Baltic Sea the place the Nord Stream pipeline leaked. Danish Defense Command Sweden stated concluded that harm to the Nord Stream pipeline was “gross sabotage.” “Traces of explosives” have been discovered on the web site, it stated in a Friday replace. Many Western nations have blamed Russia, although Sweden didn’t make that declare on Friday. The Nord Stream pipelines…

The DEA says drug cartels are putting fentanyl in candy to sell to children. Cartel operatives say it’s ‘truly the...

The US DEA and different authorities have warned about “rainbow fentanyl.” DEA US officers have warned incessantly about Mexican felony teams advertising “rainbow fentanyl.” The DEA and police departments declare that the drug is supposed to enchantment to kids and younger adults. Two operatives in the Sinaloa Cartel advised Insider they’re truly making an attempt to do the reverse. Culiacán, SINALOA — The US Drug…