Two years after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has the capacity to keep Kyiv supplied with the weapons, technology and intelligence to fend off a takeover by Moscow.
But Washington is now perceived around Europe to have lost its will.
That is the essence of the conundrum facing Ukraine and the NATO allies on the dismal second anniversary of the war.
The sanctions that were supposed to bring Russia’s economy to its knees — “the ruble almost is immediately reduced to rubble,” President Biden declared in Warsaw in March 2022 — have lost their sting.
Income from oil exports is greater than it was before the invasion.
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Two Ukrainians fighting for their country urged Ukraine's allies to keep supporting it, two years after the bloody conflict began in earnest.
Despite this, the war shows no sign of ending, and war fatigue is notable in some Ukrainian allies.
AdvertisementAnother soldier, callsign Local, told BI that "it's very important to help Ukraine and support Ukraine because Ukraine is like a first step to Europe.
He said supporting Ukraine gives the US big returns in weakening Russia for a modest investment.
AdvertisementMeanwhile, Ukrainian soldiers have warned they are low on critical ammunition and weaponry, resulting in rationing, losses, and deaths.
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary on Friday declared an end to a monthslong spat with Sweden over the expansion of NATO, saying that a visit by his Swedish counterpart had rebuilt trust and paved the way for the Hungarian Parliament to vote on Monday to ratify the Nordic nation’s membership in the alliance.
“We are ready to fight for each other, to give our lives for each other,” Mr. Orban said at a joint news conference in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, with the visiting Swedish leader, Ulf Kristersson.
Hungary has been the last holdout in endorsing Sweden’s NATO membership.
The sudden warming of relations between the two countries followed a decision by Sweden to provide Hungary with four Swedish-made Gripen fighter jets in addition to the 14 its air force already uses, and a promise that Saab, the maker of the warplanes, will open an artificial intelligence research center in Hungary.
Hungary had been stalling for 19 months on ratifying Sweden’s admission to NATO, a delay that had puzzled and exasperated the United States and other members of the military alliance.
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Data from civilian devices — like a photo or video of a soldier's position — could be equally dangerous and reveal important information to the enemy.
Throughout the Ukraine war, civilians have regularly recorded and relayed enemy troop movements.
Individuals tasked with portraying civilians took photos and videos of soldiers' locations and their equipment in a recent drill.
The imagery was then uploaded to a fake social media site called Fakebook, and troops role-playing as the enemy used the data to stage attacks, the Post reported.
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Lithuania, a NATO state that borders Russia, is acquiring tanks for the first time.
AdvertisementLithuania, a NATO member with Russia on its doorstep, is acquiring tanks for the first time in its history.
Vaidotas Urbelis, the policy director of Lithuania's defense ministry, told BI the purchase was driven by watching Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
It's the first time the country has acquired tanks since its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1990.
Lithuania is also acquiring more armored vehicles and missiles, hosting more NATO troops permanently in the country, and strengthening its border fortifications.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailGermany rebuilds its military amid ongoing defense aid deliveries to UkraineHensoldt, a high-tech security defense company based in Germany, is part of the country's drive to send military equipment to Ukraine.
CNBC got exclusive access into their factory in Ulm to see the TRML-4D radars, which detect Russian threats in the battlefield.
Germany is ramping up its military production and support to Ukraine, amid a broader drive among NATO allies to raise their defense spending contributions to the coalition.
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The Pentagon is learning lessons from the Ukraine war.
It's changing the way the Pentagon plans for war, The Washington Post has reported.
Pettyjohn told the Post that the US had almost certainly taken note of the fact that Ukraine was using older artillery, guided to their targets using sensors and drones.
AdvertisementHimars rockets cost about $240,000 each, and in 2022 were deployed effectively by Ukraine to take out Russian targets behind the front lines in precision strikes.
—, Stacie Pettyjohn, PettyjohnOrganizations:Washington Post, Service, Center, New, New American Security, Post, National DefenseLocations:Ukraine, New American, Russia
The Pentagon is learning lessons from the Ukraine war.
The conflict has shown its missiles are vulnerable to electronic jamming, an analyst told The Washington Post.
The Ukraine war is changing the way the Pentagon plans for war.
But leaked US intelligence documents last year indicated concerns that Russia had found ways to target them using electronic warfare, and by the time of Ukraine's counteroffensive in the summer their impact was blunted.
These weapons are not as vulnerable to electronic warfare tactics.
—, Stacie Pettyjohn, PettyjohnOrganizations:Washington Post, Service, The Washington Post, Center, New, New American Security, Post, National DefenseLocations:Ukraine, New American, Russia
Combat artists captured Marines braving the cold as they practiced defending NATO's northern flank.
Over 20,000 troops are participating in a military exercise in Norway known as Nordic Response 24.
The exercise is part of NATO's Steadfast Defender 2024, the alliance's largest wargame since the Cold War.
AdvertisementCombat artists in Norway captured Marines braving frigid temperatures and snow during military exercises known as Nordic Response 24.
Nordic Response is part of NATO's Steadfast Defender 2024, the alliance's largest military exercise since the Cold War.
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