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Biden Senate ally says Ukraine will get F-16s eventually

Ukraine’s acquisition of U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets is just a matter of time, one of President Joe Biden’s top Senate allies surmised during a conversation with a top White House official despite the president’s public refusal. → Read More

Jake Sullivan: US will 'exploit' spy balloon wreckage for intelligence gains

China’s downed spy balloon offers U.S. intelligence officials new insight into Chinese Communist surveillance capabilities, according to President Joe Biden’s top national security aide. → Read More

Ukraine optimistic about getting weapons from Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to “be thinking about providing us with weapons,” according to a senior Ukrainian lawmaker. → Read More

'Threatening rhetoric': Lavrov calls tiny Moldova 'the next Ukraine'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov referred to Moldova as “the next Ukraine" in a criticism of the Black Sea state that stokes Moldovan anxiety about the prospect of an attack from Russia. → Read More

'What is it with this guy?' Boris Johnson urges GOP to ignore Tucker Carlson on Russia

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has “intimidated” some Republicans with his commentary on the war in Ukraine, according to former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who warned against underestimating Russia’s ambitions. → Read More

Blinken dismisses Israeli minister’s rebuke about democracy ‘lecture’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken brushed off an Israeli minister who protested his “lesson in democracy” as he visited Jerusalem amid an intense debate about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial reform. → Read More

Russia blocks US arms control inspectors in blow to milestone treaty, State Department says

President Joe Biden said the United States will not provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, which has been a main request from Kyiv. Biden told reporters on the South Lawn on Monday afternoon "no" when asked if the U.S. would fulfill this request from Kyiv, a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged his country's Western allies to speed up its weapons shipments. → Read More

Netanyahu hints at displeasure with Russia’s military ties to Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faulted Iran for “exportaggression ... beyond the Middle East” in a rare hint of displeasure over the regime’s military ties with Russia that dovetails with U.S. efforts to rally military support for Ukraine. → Read More

NATO chief warns Ukraine could lose war if 'urgent need' for weapons goes unmet

Ukraine could lose the war against Russia without additional military equipment from the U.S. and its allies, NATO's top civilian official warned. → Read More

The West is losing weapons production race to Russia, NATO ally says

Russia’s defense industry has “almost doubled” its prewar ammunition production rates, according to a senior NATO member defense official who estimated that Ukrainian forces could face as many as 10,000 incoming rounds per day. → Read More

Poland to add 60 tanks to latest round of aid to Ukraine

Poland plans to give Ukraine dozens of modernized Soviet-era tanks alongside a squadron of German-made Leopards in a bid to hasten the arrival of armor that could prove crucial in a coming clash with Russia. → Read More

Zelensky hints at 'asymmetrical responses' to Russia's attacks

Ukraine is planning “asymmetrical responses” to Russia's persistent bombardment of civilian energy infrastructure, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. → Read More

United Kingdom accuses Olympic committee of letting Putin 'legitimize his illegal war’

A diplomatic dispute has erupted over the International Olympic Committee’s intention to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics under a “neutral” flag, despite the ongoing war in Ukraine. → Read More

'Fist of freedom': Zelensky seeks ‘long-range missiles’ to pair with new tanks

A multinational agreement to send U.S. and European tanks to Ukraine has crossed a watershed that Kyiv hopes will lead to an influx of “long-range missiles” and even fighter jets. → Read More

'Game change': Germany unveils decision to send modern tanks to Ukraine

Ukrainian forces are poised to acquire scores of Western main battle tanks following Germany’s decision to donate a squadron of Leopards to a multinational coalition of tank donors. → Read More

US concerned 'provocateurs' undermining Sweden's bid to join NATO

A far-right Swedish politician’s decision to burn the Quran in front of the Turkish Embassy could be part of a plot to undermine Sweden’s bid to join NATO, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team. → Read More

Germany urges allies to train Ukrainians on Leopard tanks

Ukrainian forces should receive training on how to operate German-made Leopard main battle tanks, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius suggested as Western allies urge Berlin to send the tanks to Ukraine. → Read More

Germany's tank battle raises doubts about whether Scholz wants Russia to lose

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s hesitance to give main battle tanks to Ukraine has provoked open doubts about whether the European heavyweight wants Russia “to lose this war,” as a top NATO ally diplomat put it. → Read More

Russia has suffered '180,000 dead or wounded soldiers' in Ukraine, general says

Russia has sustained about “180,000 dead or wounded soldiers” during the war in Ukraine, a senior European general estimates, adding that Moscow’s mobilization of conscripts allows for a long war to come. → Read More

A '50-50' chance: Ukraine gets armor but not tanks they need

An assembly of Western defense officials ended without Germany agreeing to send tanks to Ukraine, but an influx of other armored vehicles has set the stage for an impending clash of Russian and Ukrainian forces. → Read More