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Politico: US to provide Ukraine with more advanced Abrams tanks — but no secret armor

Politico: US to provide Ukraine with more advanced Abrams tanks — but no secret armor

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

The U.S. is planning to send Ukraine a more advanced M1A2 configuration of the Abrams tank, rather than the older version that the American military has in storage, three people with knowledge of the matter told Politico. President Joe Biden announced on Jan. 25 that the U.S. will send Ukraine a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams tanks in a significant show of support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.

General Staff: Ukraine strikes 7 Russian personnel concentration areas on Jan. 8

General Staff: Ukraine strikes 7 Russian personnel concentration areas on Jan. 8

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

Ukraine's forces launched 17 attacks on the areas of concentration of Russian troops and three strikes on their anti-aircraft missile systems' positions in the past 24 hours, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces. In their Jan. 9 update, the General Staff also reported that the Russian army launched at least seven missiles, 31 air strikes and over 70 MLRS attacks against Ukraine.

Air defense downs 5 Russian drones over Kyiv

Air defense downs 5 Russian drones over Kyiv

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

Kyiv City Military Administration reported that five Shahed-type drones were spotted over Kyiv overnight on Dec. 30. Air defense downed all the targets. One of the drones' loitering munition packages hit and damaged an administrative building in Kyiv's Holosiivskyi district along with some of the windows in an adjacent building. There is no information about casualties.

General Staff: Ukraine hits multiple Russian personnel concentration areas on Dec. 27

General Staff: Ukraine hits multiple Russian personnel concentration areas on Dec. 27

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

Ukraine's rocket and artillery forces have hit two ammunition depots, one control point and seven areas of concentration of Russian troops in the past 24 hours, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces. In their Dec. 28 update, the General Staff also reported that the Russian army launched at least one missile, and over 30 MLRS attacks against Ukraine.

Bloomberg: Russia is covertly checking its bomb shelters

Bloomberg: Russia is covertly checking its bomb shelters

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

Russian state workers are quietly checking basements and other shelters not used since Soviet times, people familiar with the efforts told Bloomberg. Inspections and cleanups of civil-defense facilities, which were typically built in the basements of hospitals, apartment buildings, schools and government offices in the Soviet era, are taking place in cities across the country, sources told the journalists.

US announces new $400 million security aid package to Ukraine, air defense included

US announces new $400 million security aid package to Ukraine, air defense included

by The Kyiv Independent news desk

U.S. Department of Defense announced the authorization of security assistance valued at up to $400 million "to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs." The new package will include air defense contributions, such as missiles for Hawk air defense systems and four Avenger air defense systems. Additional ammunition for HIMARS' are also included in the package.

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Russian attack on Kharkiv kills 7, injures 17.

Russian forces launched attacks against Kharkiv Oblast on May 23, killing at least seven people in Kharkiv and injuring at least 17, as well as at least 10 elsewhere in the oblast, as reported by local officials and a Kyiv Independent reporter.
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Russian media: Gerasimov's deputy detained over suspected bribery.

Lieutenant General Vadim Shamarin, the deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces' General Staff and head of the Main Directorate of Communications, was detained for allegedly receiving a large bribe, the Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti reported on May 23, citing a court statement.
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Norway to further restrict entry for Russian tourists.

Russian citizens arriving in Norway for tourism and "other non-essential travel" will be rejected upon entry across the external border from May 29, the Norwegian government said. Exceptions will be granted in certain cases.
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PM Sunak announces UK general election.

Sunak's opponent, Labour MP Keir Starmer, is widely expected to win the July 4 vote. Starmer has pledged to continue the UK's support for Ukraine if elected.
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Russia attacks 10 communities in Sumy Oblast.

Russian forces attacked ten border areas and settlements of Sumy Oblast on May 22, firing 30 times and causing at least 139 explosions, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported.
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