Ukraine’s foreign minister said the upcoming counteroffensive against Russian forces would not be the last. The diplomat urged NATO members to transfer more advanced weapons to Kiev for the coming operations, including F-16 fighter jets.
Warsaw claims it has bolstered Kiev’s air force with 10 additional MiG-29 warplanes, following an earlier shipment of four aircraft. Poland was the first NATO member to make the pledge to send fighter jets to Ukraine.
Estonia plans on pushing the North Atlantic alliance to present Ukraine with a clear path to full NATO membership at an upcoming meeting, Bloomberg reported, noting that officials will also discuss upgrading Kiev’s status within the US-led military bloc.
A Russian governor said explosions rocked his region over two consecutive days, with the head of Bryansk Oblast, Alexander Bogomaz, claiming four civilians were killed by Ukrainian shelling on Sunday. The next day, a train was derailed by an explosion.
Two leading GOP congressmen renewed calls for the White House to send cluster bombs to Ukraine. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MS) claimed the US has 3 million rounds of the controversial munitions in stock that will have to be destroyed if they are not sent to Kiev.
Kiev’s war goals have changed from “survival to victory,“ according to a top Ukrainian defense official. The country’s aims have grown increasingly ambitious as its Western backers continue to provide billions of dollars in advanced weapons and oversee training for Ukrainian soldiers.
Washington and Seoul announced their largest war games in five years. Last month, North Korea warned the US and South Korea that Pyongyang would take “unprecedentedly persistent and strong counteractions.”
Ukraine’s military intelligence agency has shared photos of a Black Hawk helicopter. The American-made aircraft was painted with a Ukrainian flag, and the intel org suggested it was used in military operations.
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