An airstrike alert has been issued across Ukraine
According to Ukrainian military officials, the warplanes took off from Belarus.
The US says it has taken steps to protect sensitive information from the downed drone
According to White House spokesman John Kirby on CNN, the United States has “taken steps” to ensure that the drone or its equipment does not fall into enemy hands. According to him, the drone may have broken up and sunk at a depth of 1,200 to 1,500 meters.
Even if Russia managed to recover the remains, the United States took steps to protect any vital information, he said.
Movement of Russian ships in the Black Sea
According to Ukrainian military officials, Russia is making moves in the Black Sea. Russia reportedly withdrew 20 ships and several units from its auxiliary fleet for a few hours.
England estimated that 20,000-30,000 Wagner fighters were killed and wounded at Bachmouth.
Since May, according to British military adviser Ian Stubbs, Russian military leaders have squandered strategic resources by sacrificing military units for small tactical gains. England estimated that more than 800 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded for each mile, most of them Wagner fighters.
Russia warns US of possible airspace expansion
Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that if the United States starts shooting down Russian planes in neutral airspace, it is tantamount to declaring war on Russia.
A year ago, there was a bomb in the Mariupol theater
“One year ago, Russia deliberately and brutally dropped a powerful bomb on the Mariupol theater. Next to the building was the inscription “Children”, which was impossible to notice. Hundreds of people were hiding from the shelling,” he wrote. And adding: “A wasteful of residents.” We will not spare life. We remember all those who lost their lives to Russian terrorism. According to Ukrainian authorities, 300 people died in this bombing.
France accused of cutting EU arms procurement package by 2 billion euros
According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, France has cut a €2 billion package from the European Union for arms purchases. France would have demanded that these munitions be manufactured in-house. “Paris needs assurances that a joint arms purchase deal will only benefit EU-based companies,” the newspaper said.
Russia may be preparing a new series of massive cyberattacks against Ukraine
Russia may be preparing new cyberattacks against Ukraine, according to a Microsoft research report obtained by Reuters. “Beginning in January 2023, Microsoft is looking at enhancing Russian cyber threat activity’s ability to destroy and gather intelligence on Ukraine and partner civilian and military assets. Energy and defense sectors are the most vulnerable to cyber attacks. Microsoft is said to have discovered a particularly sophisticated Russian hacking group that it is testing that may “exploit additional ransomware-like capabilities.”
Nine countries to supply 150 Leopard tanks to Ukraine
During the Ukraine Defense Contact Group video conference, nine countries pledged to supply a total of 150 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Russian attacks on Bagmouth are over
According to the American Institute of War, the number of attacks in and around Bagmouth has dropped significantly in recent days. One explanation would be the lack of ammunition for the soldiers of Wagner’s mercenary group. Although smaller towns around Bagmouth were captured by Wagner, according to SW, these “strikes were localized and opportunistic”. According to ISW, “Wagner’s attack on Bagmouth was nearing its climax” and “the assault would not be sufficient to capture Bagmouth”.
The 30 Caesar guns transferred to Ukraine will be replaced within a year
French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu announced during a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday that the 30 Cesar rifles handed over to Ukraine by France will be replaced in the French army’s stocks by March 2024.
Earlier in the year France pledged 12 additional Caesar guns, to be added to the 18 Caesars already delivered, as well as 19 guns promised by Denmark in Kiev in mid-January.
Russian and US defense ministers discuss drones
Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke by phone on Wednesday, a day after a Russian plane intercepted a US drone over the Black Sea, at the initiative of the US side.
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