The Ukraine has prove resourceful in patching up military weapons……
Could the West things and is the Ukraine on way to develop its own military weapons business?
The war in Ukraine could last for years, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said, assuring the country’s continued support from Europe’s biggest economy.
“We need to be prepared for the possibility that the war could last for years,” she told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag in an interview published on Sunday. This implies that Ukraine may still need to be provided with heavy weaponry next summer, she added.
“Ukraine is defending our freedom, security architecture too and we support Ukraine financially and militarily for as long as necessary,” she was quoted as saying.
The foreign minister also defended Ukraine’s claim to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014. “Crimea is also part of Ukraine. The world never recognized the illegal annexation of 2014,” she said….
- The State Department said Russia blocked consensus on a final draft of a United Nations nuclear nonproliferation treaty to avoid “language that merely acknowledged the grave radiological risk” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The statement from State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said Russia’s refusal to agree to the treaty “underscores the need for the United States and others to continue urging Russia to end its military activity near” the plant and “return control of the plant to Ukraine.” He said the United States and other nations involved are urging Russia to stop its activity near the plant despite Moscow’s “cynical obstructionism.”
- Russia plans to publish a manifesto claiming to be from Ukraine’s paramilitary Azov regiment and vowing to protect Ukraine from Russia and “the rot above,” the militia said Sunday. The Azov regiment distanced itself from the manifesto, declaring that it did not write the document. The group reaffirmed its commitment to avenging the death of Azov regiment soldiers and said it would direct its revenge against Russia and its proxies.
- The Dnipropetrovsk region was shelled with heavy artillery overnight Sunday, according to the regional governor, Valentyn Reznichenko. The area includes Nikopol, across the river from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. More than 1,500 families were left without electricity. Residential buildings and cars were damaged, he said, but no casualties were reported. The Post could not independently verify the claims.
- The State Department confirmed that another U.S. citizen has died but did not identify the person. The agency has confirmed the deaths of three U.S. citizens, though other fatalities have been reported. Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Russia’s Primorsky Krai region, said Friday that troops had killed an American in battle.
- Russia’s military expansion probably will have little impact on the Ukraine war, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. The expansion announced Thursday was set to increase Russia’s military from 1.9 million personnel to 2.04 million, coming into effect in 2023, but Britain said the expansion was “unlikely” to substantively increase Russia’s combat power, because it had already “lost tens of thousands of troops.” The ministry added that “very few” new contract servicemen are being recruited, and conscripts do not have to serve outside Russia.
- Ukrainian troops said they hit the Sokol aircraft plant, occupied by Russian forces, in the Nova Kakhovka area of Kherson, Ukrainian media reported Sunday. They said Russian air defense attempted to intercept the missiles that hit the plant. The Ukrainian military also said it had hit a hydroelectric power station and a bridge in the same area, reports that could not be independently verified by The Post.
- Russian forces claimed to hit a helicopter repair plant, according to the country’s defense ministry. Ukrainian officials also said residential buildings in the town of Orihiv had been destroyed by Russian strikes early Sunday, but no casualties were reported, according to the governor of the Zaporizhzhia region, Oleksandr Starukh; the Ukrainian military said Russian strikes hit Poltavka. The Washington Post could not independently verify those claims….