Drone worries close Moscow airports for short time….
The EU bulks up gas stgorage for the winter…..
Iran military officals visit Moscow …
The Ukraine F-16 ‘Glow’ continues…
US tells its citixzens to leave Belarus due to the border closing’s of the border countries….
Sweden will NOT send it’s Gripen Fighter Jets to the Ukraine right now….It’s just the F-16’s when they get there….
Ukraine troops have no problems with using American supplied cluster Bombs….
The Zelensky traveling show goes to Denmark , then on to Greece…
President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Athens on Monday, the fourth stop in a European tour aimed at securing more support in the war against Russia.
Here’s what we’re covering:
Armed with pledges of F-16s, Zelensky takes his diplomatic tour to Greece.
Two Moscow airports closed briefly after drone attacks, Russia says.
Zelensky thanks Denmark for pledging to donate F-16 fighter jets.
E.U. gas storage facilities are nearly full ahead of schedule, data shows.
An Iranian military delegation visits Moscow, underscoring deepening ties amid the war in Ukraine.
Biden’s top military adviser, a devout Catholic, meets Pope Francis to discuss Ukraine.
At the BRICS meeting, Russia will be keen to show it still has loyal allies….
The Biden administration is urging U.S. citizens in Belarus to depart the country immediately and warned against travel there in a statement published Monday.
The updated travel warning comes after bordering countries Lithuania, Latvia and Poland have stepped up security along the border over concerns about Russian Wagner mercenary forces exiled in the country.
The State Department, in its warning, encouraged Americans still in Belarus to depart the country immediately and categorized the country as a Level 4 risk, the highest security warning.
Belarus’s longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko, known as Europe’s last dictator, has been a key facilitator of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, and is under a catalog of U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses and political repression against Belarusian people who challenged his claim to election victory in 2020.
The U.S. mission in Belarus is scaled down and only handles emergency American Citizen Services.
Lukashenko’s welcoming of Wagner forces in a deal with Putin that ended the mercenary group’s short-lived rebellion against the Kremlin has raised concern in NATO-member countries on its border…..
“[Wagner is] making Russia even greater on all continents, and making Africa a more free place,” Prigozhin says in the clip, adding that the group is hiring to expand its work in Africa. The Washington Post could not independently verify Prigozhin’s location.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Denmark will send 19 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine “when the conditions for such a transfer are met,” including the proper training of Ukrainian pilots, it said Sunday in a joint statement with the Netherlands. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, at a news conference with Zelensky on Sunday, did not specify how many F-16s his country will send Ukraine but said it has 42 in stock. He said some of the aircraft in stock may have to be updated. Zelensky has long pleaded with alliesfor the American-made fighter jets to help Ukrainian forces, who often fly in older, Soviet-era aircraft, repel attacks from the more sophisticated Russian fleet.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said it thwarted two attempted drone attacks over the Moscow region early Monday. The first drone was detected around 6:50 a.m. and was jammed electronically. The ministry said the drone “lost control” and “crashed” northwest of Moscow without harming anyone. The second drone was destroyed shortly after 8:15 a.m. over the Istra district of the Moscow region, the ministry said. Moscow’s regional governor, Andrey Vorobyov, saiddrone debris fell on a house in Istra, injuring two people and damaging three other houses. The Russian Defense Ministry blamed Ukraine for the attempted strikes, which disrupted air traffic around the capital. The Post could not independently verify the reports.
The airspace over Moscow was temporarily restricted after the attempted drone strikes “to ensure the safety of civil aircraft flights,” Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport said early Monday. It said 45 commercial flights and two cargo flights were redirected from four Moscow area airports to airports in Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and St. Petersburg. Traffic at the Moscow airports was back to normal at 9 a.m., it said. Similar incidents disrupted air traffic around the capital Friday and Sunday.
Dozens of Ukrainian pilots, engineers and others will be trained to use F-16 fighter jets in Denmark, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said. Ignat said Monday that another group of Ukrainian pilots will receive long-term military flight training in the United Kingdom that could last “up to two years.” In separate comments to Radio Svoboda, Ignat said Ukraine needs 128 fighter jets to fully replace its fleet of older aircraft.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said it is “highly likely” that Russia will form a new military unit “to focus on defensive security operations in the south of Ukraine.” The ministry in its daily intelligence assessment Monday said that the new formation, which it called the “18th Combined Arms Army,” is “likely to consist mostly of mobilised personnel,” with the goal of freeing up “more experienced units to fight on key axes.”
Russian attacks in the Kherson region killed at least two people and injured three others, its governor, Oleksandr Prokudin, said Monday on Telegram.
Rescue operations for a deadly Saturday attack on Chernihiv have ended, with seven dead and 156 injured, Ukraine’s operational armed forces said, adding that 66 residential buildings were damaged. In his nightly address, Zelensky called the incident a “terrorist attack” and said the military would “respond tangibly.”
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrellcondemned Russia’s strike on Chernihiv as “cowardly and deliberate” in a social media post. Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the incident a “horrific missile attack on innocent civilians.”
The company that oversees the Domino’s Pizza brand in Russia said it will file for bankruptcy there, signaling an end to its operations in that country nearly 18 months after President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine. The U.S.-based Domino’s Pizza has said it cut off financial support for the Russian business in December 2022. The franchisee cited unspecified business challenges in Russia.
Sweden has no plans to provide fighter jets to Ukraine, the country’s prime minister said. Ulf Kristersson told Swedish broadcaster TV4 on Monday that Sweden needs its Saab JAS 39 Gripen planes for its own defense and must balance this reality against Ukraine’s demands for the aircraft. “We will do everything we can to support them also with aircraft. But right now there are no new commitments to provide Swedish aircraft to Ukraine,” Kristersson told TV4. Zelensky visited Sweden last week and asked for Gripen planes. Sweden previously agreed to let Ukrainian pilots test the Gripens.
Russia’s foreign minister said “tectonic shifts are taking place in the world” that will lead to “a more just multipolar world order.” Sergei Lavrov, writing for South Africa’s Ubuntu Magazine, said the members of BRICS — a group of emerging market economies made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — have an important role to play in this new world order. South Africa is hosting the yearly BRICS summit, which begins Tuesday, and Lavrov is expected to attend. As The Post has reported, South African officials said last month that Putin, who is facing an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, has agreed not to attend the summit, ending a diplomatic quandary for South Africa: As a member of the ICC, it would have had an obligation to arrest Putin upon his arrival in the country.
Zelensky, on a visit to Denmark, said that “all of Russia’s neighbors are under threat if Ukraine does not prevail.” In a speech to Danish lawmakers in Copenhagen on Monday, Zelensky thanked Denmark for its military support of Ukraine and argued that “democracies of the world, each of them, can become a target, either for missiles, or for mercenaries, or for destabilization” if Russia wins the war.
Ukraine is exploiting President Biden’s cluster bomb gamble: A few feet away from a pile of U.S.-made cluster bombs, a group of Ukrainian military men listen to an earsplitting boom go off some 50 times a day — their way of trying to hold back advancing Russian forces, John Hudson and Anastacia Galouchka report.
Biden’s decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine is the most controversial arms transfer of his presidency. Human Rights Watch called the move “profoundly troubling,” and Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands and other NATO allies publicly opposed it.
But the deployment of the weapon has been met with little hesitation inside Ukraine’s government and military, which provided The Post rare access to the equipment and soldiers using the notoriously imprecise munitions….