Belgian arms trader tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

TOURNAI, Belgium, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Freddy Versluys does not like to be called an arms dealer. But he does have a big warehouse full of second-hand tanks for sale. Standing next to dozens of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other military vehicles in the chilly warehouse in eastern Belgium, Versluys stressed he is the … Read more

Ukraine raids home of billionaire in war-time anti-corruption crackdown

Security services make sweeping raids before EU summit Homes of billionaire, former interior minster searched New U.S. weapons would nearly double Ukraine’s range Ukrainian soldier says fighting Russian forces in Bakhmut KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Security services searched the home of one of Ukraine’s most prominent billionaires on Wednesday, moving against a figure once … Read more

Biden says no F-16s for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv says Russian gains come at huge cost Think-tank says delay in Western arms halted Ukraine’s advance KYIV, Ukraine/WASHINGTON Jan 30 (Reuters) – The United States will not provide the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has sought in its fight against Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday, as … Read more

Ukraine says repels attack around Blahodatne while Russia’s Wagner claims control

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Sunday its forces repelled an attack in the area of Blahodatne in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, while Russia’s Wagner private military group said it took control of the village. “Units of Ukraine’s Defence Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of … Read more

Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine, Kyiv seeks more weapons

Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine – Ukrainian officials Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks Russia says U.S. president holds key to ending fighting KYIV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia has stepped up attempts to break through Ukraine’s defences with heavy fighting in the north … Read more

Putin ally Medvedev warns NATO of nuclear war if Russia defeated in Ukraine

Medvedev: nuclear powers don’t lose major wars Nuclear war is possible if a nuclear power loses, he says Medvedev tells NATO to think about the risks NATO and defence leaders due to meet in Germany MOSCOW, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, warned the North … Read more

Russia produces first set of Poseidon super torpedoes – TASS

Russia moves closer to Poseidon deployment Poseidon nuclear capable torpedoes ready – TASS Poseidon could be an autonomous nuclear weapon New type of nuclear weapon outside arms treaties MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Russia has produced the first set of Poseidon nuclear capable super torpedoes that are being developed for deployment on the Belgorod nuclear … Read more

Death toll reaches 40 in Ukraine strike; German defence minister resigns

At least 40 killed in Dnipro apartment strike German defence minister resigns Germany pressured to allow exports of its tanks to Ukraine Russia begins joint military exercises with Belarus DNIPRO/KYIV, Ukraine, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The death toll from a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 on Monday with … Read more

Russia says Britain’s tanks ‘will burn’ in Ukraine

Kremlin says tanks will not change outcome of conflict Russian TV host says Britain has entered the war State TV discusses resuming nuclear testing MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday that tanks Britain plans to send to Ukraine “will burn”, warning the West that supplying a new round of more advanced … Read more

Repaired German Leopard tanks for Ukraine ready in 2024 at earliest, armsmaker says

BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – German armsmaker Rheinmetall (RHMG.DE) could deliver repaired Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine in 2024 at the earliest and would need a confirmed order to begin repairs, its chief executive was quoted as saying by Bild newspaper on Sunday. Germany announced earlier this month that it would provide Ukraine with … Read more