President Biden wants to wait…..
The actual logistics ARE complicated….
The Ukraine is impatient……
Turkey IS holding Sweden and Finland’s NATO entry up….
Here’s what we know:
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine asked allies to quickly supply pledged armaments and ‘new necessary weaponry.’
‘We have to make time our weapon,’ Zelensky says.
NATO’s chief hints that South Korea should consider military aid for Ukraine, a move Seoul has resisted.
The tanks pledged to Kyiv alone won’t turn the tide in the war.
Turkey’s upcoming elections have delayed Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids.
Ukraine ramps up calls to bar Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2024 Olympics.
Boris Johnson says that Vladimir Putin threatened to fire a missile at him. The Kremlin calls it ‘a lie.’….
The Kremlin denounced as false a claim by former British prime minister Boris Johnson that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- “What Boris Johnson said is not true. More precisely, it is a lie,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday after Johnson discussed Putin’s alleged threat in a BBC documentary — though he conceded that Putin might have been joking.
- An overnight Russian missile strike badly damaged a residential building in Kharkiv, governor Oleh Synyehubov said Monday on Telegram, adding that at least one person died and three others were injured in the attack.
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea to increase military support to Ukraine during a visit to Seoul on Monday. In a speech, he noted that other countries have changed their stance on not providing weapons to countries in conflict since Russia’s invasion, and he said there is an “urgent need” for ammunition, Reuters reported.
- Russia’s Foreign Ministry condemned a reported drone attack on Iran, warning that it could escalate tensions in the region. “Such destructive actions can have unpredictable consequences for peace and stability in the Middle East. Both the organizers of the daring attack and their patrons, and those who gloat over this, vainly hoping for a weakening of Iran,” the ministry said of Saturday’s attack, which struck an Iranian Defense Ministry complex in the central city of Isfahan.
- Zelensky described the situation on the front lines in the eastern Donetsk region as “very tough.” Bakhmut, Vuhledar and other areas in the region are under “constant Russian attacks,” he said in his nightly address, as Russian forces attempt to break through Ukraine’s defenses.
- Training with German-made Leopard 2 tanks is set to begin within days as Germany and Poland rush deliveries for spring. Separately, Ukrainian tank operators have also arrived in the United Kingdom to receive training on how to use Challenger 2 tanks that London pledged to Kyiv. Britain’s Defense Ministry on Sunday posted photos of more than a dozen individuals, with their faces blurred, disembarking from a Royal Air Force plane.
- Russian artillery struck a hospital, a school, residential buildings and municipal facilities in Kherson on Sunday, Zelensky said in his nightly address. Three people were killed and six injured, he said, adding that the regional authority need blood donations to treat the wounded. Two of the wounded were nurses, he added.
- Ukraine’s military said that Russian forces shelled Bakhmut, the center of some of the fiercest fighting in recent months. Ukraine is grappling with a thorny decision on how many more forces and how much more weaponry to expend defending the city, which has symbolic significance for both sides, although many military analysts say it has relatively little strategic significance….
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