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A series of explosions have erupted at sites across Transnistria, a separatist-controlled region of Moldova which sits on Ukraine’s southern border. No one has claimed responsibility for the apparent attacks, which have stoked fears of a wider war in Eastern Europe.
Finland will soon host naval drills alongside NATO members Estonia, Latvia and the Netherlands, its military said, following recent reports that both Helsinki and Stockholm could apply to join the North Atlantic military bloc as early as next month.
Amid mounting pressure to step up military aid to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that major involvement in the conflict risks escalation that could ultimately kick off a nuclear exchange with Russia.
Some members of the NATO alliance favor continued bloodshed in Ukraine over peace, believing the conflict will diminish and weaken Russia, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Poland’s deputy prime minister has called on the United States to station nuclear weapons in his country, arguing they would act as a deterrent against Russia while urging the NATO alliance to significantly boost its presence across Eastern Europe.
The US Air Force has canceled a planned test for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, with the Pentagon stating the decision was made out of an “overabundance of caution” amid soaring tensions with Russia following its attack on Ukraine.
Beijing has “fully militarized” several islands in the South China Sea and is engaged in a massive military buildup in the region, the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command claimed, prompting a swift denial and counter-allegations from Chinese officials.