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France's president said Ukraine should be allowed to use Western weapons to hit targets in Russia. Other Western leaders have urged allies to lift the ban on Ukraine using their weapons in Russia. AdvertisementFrench President Emmanuel Macron said Ukraine should be allowed to use weapons supplied by its Western allies to target positions inside Russia — but on one condition. Macron said at a press conference on Tuesday that Ukraine should be able to target military bases in Russia that are directly used to launch attacks on Ukraine. "We think that we should allow them to neutralize the military sites from which the missiles are fired and, basically, the military sites from which Ukraine is attacked," he told reporters.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, , Macron Organizations: Service, Business Locations: Ukraine, Russia
Nikki Haley wrote 'finish them' on an artillery shell during a visit to Israel, a photo shows. A picture shared by Danny Danon showed Haley signing the shell over Memorial Day Weekend. Haley also criticized Joe Biden for temporarily cutting off weapons to Israel, per The Guardian. AdvertisementNikki Haley wrote "finish them" on an Israeli artillery shell during a recent visit to Israel. This is what my friend, the former ambassador, Nikki Haley, wrote today on a shell during a visit to an artillery outpost at the northern border," Danon said.
Persons: Nikki Haley, Danny Danon, Haley, Joe Biden, , Benjamin Netanyahu's, Danon Organizations: Guardian, Service, Business Locations: Israel
Read previewUK drones given to Ukraine have been used to take out more than $1.2 billion worth of Russian military gear, according to the UK's defense secretary, citing Ukrainian figures. "Our Ukrainian partners conservatively estimate that UK drones have destroyed over £1 billion worth of Russian hardware," Grant Shapps told a delegation of Ukrainian ministers at a defense forum in London on Monday, per The Telegraph. Related storiesHe also mentioned one-way attack drones that are "making their mark," and drones that guide artillery and missiles toward Russian targets. In March, the UK's Ministry of Defence announced it would deliver an additional 10,000 drones to Ukraine, as part of its latest $413 million military aid package. In February, Ukraine announced it was setting up a separate branch of its military focused purely on drone warfare.
Persons: , Grant Shapps, Shapps, DragonFire — Organizations: Service, Business, UK's Ministry of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence Locations: Ukraine, London, Russia, Crimea, Dnipro
Ukraine is mounting rockets onto its naval drones, an official told the Financial Times. It's used them to strike Russian positions in occupied Mykolaiv, the official told the FT.A video of a reported attack shows a sea drone firing several rockets toward Russian targets. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementUkraine has placed rockets onto its feared sea drones and is using them to attack Russian land targets, according to a Ukrainian official. In a post on X, citing an unnamed Ukrainian intelligence official, Christopher Miller, the Financial Times' Ukraine correspondent, said that sea baby naval drones are now being mounted with a Grad multiple launch rocket system.
Persons: It's, , Christopher Miller Organizations: Financial Times, Service, Business Locations: Ukraine, Mykolaiv
A Ukrainian commander said his unit was forced to watch as Russia amassed troops across the border. He said they weren't allowed to attack them with US-supplied weaponry, per the Times of London. If the US had lifted its ban, they could've taken out the troops and stopped an attack, he said. AdvertisementA Ukrainian commander operating near the Russian border described how his unit watched as Russia amassed a huge force but had to wait for the troops to cross the border to hit them. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Organizations: Service, Times, Business Locations: Russia, London
A Ukrainian unit uses drones to drop mines inside Russia at night, per CNN. Ukraine's Code 9.2 drone unit claims it flew 24 Vampire drones in just one evening. Their drone dropped two explosives inside Russia that later hit two vehicles, per the outlet. AdvertisementA Ukrainian unit fighting on a key battlefront is flying drones at night to drop mines inside Russia, CNN reported. Soldiers from Ukraine's 92nd Brigade's Code 9.2 drone unit operated about four miles from the border with Russia's Belgorod region, in an undisclosed location in Kharkiv, according to the outlet.
Persons: Organizations: CNN, Service, Ukraine's, Business Locations: Ukrainian, Russia, Russia's Belgorod, Kharkiv
Ukraine's president told Reuters that the West always gives it weapons a year after it needs them. Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the West needs to be more involved in the war and shoot down Russian missiles. AdvertisementUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country's Western allies always give it weapons one year after it actually needs them. "Every decision to which we, then later everyone together, comes to is late by around one year," Zelenskyy told Reuters on Monday. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, , Zelenskyy Organizations: Reuters, Service, Business Locations: Ukraine
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in foggy conditions. Kobe Bryant and other officials have died in helicopter and plane crashes after flying in heavy fog. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementFlying a helicopter in fog can be a recipe for disaster, with Kobe Bryant and now Iran's president adding to a string of deaths. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage died after his plane crashed on Sunday in a remote and mountainous area of north-west Iran.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Kobe Bryant, Organizations: Service, Kobe, Business Locations: Iran, Azerbaijan's, Iran's East Azerbaijan, Al Jazeera
Ukraine may have launched its biggest drone attack ever, per the Kyiv Independent. Russia shot down a total of 102 aerial and six naval sea drones overnight, it said. Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementUkraine appears to have launched its biggest drone attack ever, with reports of explosions at two major Russian ports.
Persons: Organizations: Kyiv Independent, Service, Russia's Defense Ministry, Fleet, Business Locations: Ukraine, Kyiv, Russia, Sevastopol, Novorossiysk, Russian, Crimea, Krasnodar, Kursk
The UK has unveiled a new radio frequency-directed energy weapon under development. The Ministry of Defence said it could take out a swarm of drones for just $0.12 a shot. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementBritain is developing a new radio-wave weapon designed to take out a "swarm" of drones for just $0.12 a shot, the UK's Ministry of Defence said in a press statement. According to the MOD, the Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon, or RFDEW, uses radio waves to detect, track, and disable electronic components at a range of up to 1000 meters.
Persons: Organizations: Ministry of Defence, Service, UK's Ministry of Defence, Business
A former Facebook and Nike diversity manager was sentenced to five years in prison for wire fraud. Barbara Furlow-Smiles admitted to stealing over $5 million from the companies. Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementA former diversity program manager at Facebook and Nike was sentenced to five years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $5 million to fund her luxury lifestyle.
Persons: Barbara Furlow, Smiles, , Ryan K, Buchanan Organizations: Facebook, Nike, Attorneys, Service, US, Office, Northern, Northern District of, Business Locations: Northern District, Northern District of Georgia
China has secretly built what could be the world's first drone carrier, an analyst said. Having a drone carrier would allow China to use different types of drones to attack, an analyst told BI. AdvertisementChina's navy has secretly built what could be the world's first dedicated drone carrier ship, according to Naval News, a squat ship that looks like a mini-aircraft carrier. "We are confident that this ship is the world's first dedicated fixed-wing drone carrier," it said. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: , Michael Dahm Organizations: Service, Naval News, aircraft, Mitchell Institute, Business Locations: China
Read previewNATO countries should use air defenses based in eastern Europe to take down Russian missiles and drones targeting Ukraine, a former NATO chief said. And the military alliance could do "exactly the same" to help Ukraine shoot down incoming Russian drones and missiles, Rasmussen told the outlet. Related storiesMost NATO members have so far balked at sending troops to Ukraine or targeting Russian airstrikes from their own territory. AdvertisementEven so, Ukraine's air defense interception rate dropped from 46% over the last six months to 30% last month, according to The Wall Street Journal. In response, the Pentagon said it would "rush" Patriot air defense missiles to Ukraine as part of its latest military package, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spent months begging for them.
Persons: , Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Rasmussen, Ukraine's, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Dmytro Kuleba Organizations: Service, NATO, NATO's, Business, Wall Street, Pentagon, Washington Post Locations: Europe, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, France, Ukraine's, Russia, Spain
Ukraine was too slow to build strong defenses in areas like Kharkiv, critics said. They said that Ukraine should have had defenses two or three lines deep, instead of one. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementUkraine was too slow to build the crucial fortifications that could hold back advancing Russian troops, according to critics. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Organizations: Service, Business Locations: Ukraine, Kharkiv, Russia, Donetsk
Russian troops appear to be creating a "buffer zone" in northeast Ukraine, military experts said. The goal is likely to stop Ukraine from carrying out cross-border raids on Russian towns, they said. Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementRussian forces appear to be creating a "buffer zone" instead of pursuing deeper offensives in northeast Ukraine, likely in a bid to stop Ukraine from raiding Russian towns, military experts said.
Persons: Organizations: Kremlin, Service, Business Locations: Ukraine, Belgorod, Kharkiv
Read previewRussian forces are taking advantage of Ukraine's manpower shortage to thin out the front line and improve their chances of making breakthroughs, a war analyst said. According to the Times, in recent days Russian troops have poured across Ukraine's northeastern border and have taken at least nine villages and settlements. Ukraine's parliament also passed a bill earlier this month that would allow the country's military to recruit prisoners to fight . Whether these will be enough to replenish Ukrainian forces and prevent Russian breakthroughs remains unclear. AdvertisementFor now, Russian forces appear to be trying to encircle the city of Vovchansk in northern Kharkiv from the west and the east, according to an assessment published on Sunday by the ISW.
Persons: , Franz, Stefan Gady, Michael Kofman, Kofman, Mark Herlting Organizations: Service, Center for New American Security, New York Times, Business, Times, Carnegie Endowment, International, Pentagon, Artillery, CNN, Associated Press Locations: Ukraine, Donbas, Ukrainian, Kharkiv, Russia, Ukraine's, Vovchansk
Ukraine's air defenses shot down 30% of Russian missiles last month, per The Wall Street Journal. That's down from 46% over the last 6 months, and 73% in the 6 months before that, the Journal reported. Russia is exploiting gaps in Ukraine's defenses before Western supplies reach the front lines. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementUkraine's air defenses shot down just 30% of Russian missiles last month, compared to 46% over the last six months, according to The Wall Street Journal, highlighting a worrying trend for Ukraine.
Persons: Organizations: Russian, Street, Service, Wall Street, Ukrainian Air Force Command, Business Locations: Russia, Ukraine
Sanction-hit Russian airlines are getting plane parts delivered in hand luggage, per the Financial Times. Flight safety incidents involving Russian planes have shot up, according to estimates. AdvertisementPassengers are carrying plane parts in their luggage to get them to sanction-hit Russian airlines, according to the Financial Times. Russian airlines are obtaining plane parts through a vast network of small suppliers, many of which are based in the United Arab Emirates, the FT reported. Meanwhile, the number of flight safety incidents involving Russian planes has more than doubled, from 37 in 2022 to 81 in 2023, according to the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre.
Persons: , Turboshaft didn't, Timur Badr, Arwed Richter Organizations: Financial Times, Service, United Arab Emirates, Business, Jet Locations: Moscow, Ukraine, UAE, Russian, Russia
Thailand's prime minister has called for a ban on recreational cannabis in a major U-turn. Thailand was the first Asian country to decriminalize cannabis for recreational use in 2022. AdvertisementThailand's prime minister wants to ban cannabis just two years after his country decriminalized it for recreational use. AdvertisementThailand was the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medical cannabis in 2018, and the first Asian country to decriminalize recreational cannabis in 2022, according to Forbes. Other countries have legalized or decriminalized cannabis for recreational use in recent years, including Canada, Germany, Mexico, and South Africa.
Persons: Thailand's, Srettha Thavisin, , Thavisin, Anutin Charnvirakul Organizations: Service, country's Ministry of Public Health, Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, District of Columbia, Prohibition Partners, Thailand's Center, Addiction Locations: Thailand, Thai, Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa
A Ukrainian platoon has shot down all of the drones it's encountered, its captain told The Guardian. Oleksandr Zhygun said his soldiers are using "antiquated" guns to do it, per the outlet. AdvertisementA Ukrainian captain operating near Kyiv said his platoon has shot down every Russian drone it has encountered, despite having what he describes as "antiquated" guns. But in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops are struggling against Russia's night-vision drones, a Ukrainian soldier told the Kyiv Post last month. Asked whether Ukraine could still win the war, Zhygun told The Guardian it was a "difficult" question and that they needed more air defense systems.
Persons: Oleksandr Zhygun, , Zhygun's Kalashnikov, Yehven, Dolin, Zhygun, Ukraine's Organizations: Ukrainian, Guardian, Service, Ukraine's 241st Brigade, Territorial Defense Forces, Soviet Union, Patriot, Republicans, The Institute Locations: Ukraine, Soviet, Kyiv, Afghanistan, Ukrainian, Kyiv Post, Russia, Ukraine's, Avdiivka
Businesses are adding $90 billion in fees to consumer's bills each year, according to one estimate. US consumers spend more than $650 a year per household on "junk fees," per the CEA. AdvertisementBusinesses are adding $90 billion in surprise "junk fees" to customers' bills each year — and it is starting to backfire. Junk fees are hidden costs that are added to product prices. Last June, President Joe Biden said his administration had taken steps to crack down on junk fees.
Persons: , Noelle Weaver, Bradley Walker, Walker, Merrilee Bridgeman, Joe Biden Organizations: Service, White House Council, Economic Advisers, National Bureau of Economic Research, Wall Street, Democratic Locations: New Orleans, Charlotte , North Carolina
Israel and Hamas are engaged in tense cease-fire talks despite fighting in Rafah. Israel wants to keep its right to conduct more operations in Gaza, an analyst told Al-Jazeera. AdvertisementCease-fire talks to end the fighting in Gaza are still taking place in the background, despite Israel's military incursion into Rafah. The IDF's ongoing military operation comes as Israel and Hamas are engaged in tense talks to broker a cease-fire deal. This could lead to Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, losing power and an investigation into how Hamas' October 7 terrorist attacks were allowed to happen on his watch, he said.
Persons: Netanyahu, , Nadav Shoshani, Shoshani, Al Jazeera, Benjamin Netanyahu, didn't, Ismail Haniyeh, Israel, Mairav, Yossi Mekelberg, Israel's, Mekelberg Organizations: Al, Service, The New York Times, Israel Defense Forces, Business, Sky, Crisis Group, Chatham House's, North Africa, International Court of Locations: Israel, Rafah, Gaza, Cairo, Egypt, Qatar, East
A man said he killed his wife because he couldn't pay her medical bills, per a police statement. AdvertisementA man charged with strangling and killing his wife at the hospital said he did it because he couldn't pay her medical bills, according to a detective's probable cause statement. AdvertisementHe admitted to killing his wife by choking her and covering her mouth and nose to keep her from screaming, before leaving the hospital, according to the statement. Medical debt has surged over the last decade, becoming the largest source of debt in collections, per the National Institutes of Health. AdvertisementAs Business Insider previously reported, about a quarter of Gen Z and millennials are skipping rent and mortgage bills to pay off medical debt.
Persons: Ronnie Wiggs, , Todd Winborn, Winborn, Wiggs, Miranda, he'd, Jean Peters Baker, Gen Organizations: Service, Centerpoint Medical Center, NPR, Family Foundation, National Institutes of Health Locations: Missouri, Independence , Missouri, Jackson County
A US soldier was detained in Russia on theft charges last week, a US Army spokesperson told NBC News. Gordon Black was visiting a woman he was romantically involved with, US officials said. He didn't get permission to travel to Russia from his superiors, officials told AP. AdvertisementA US soldier detained in Russia on theft charges was visiting a woman he was romantically involved with, NBC News reported, citing four US officials. Staff Sergeant Gordon Black stopped off in Vladivostok, Russia, on his way back to the US after finishing a deployment in South Korea, the officials told the outlet.
Persons: Gordon Black, didn't, , Staff Sergeant Gordon Black Organizations: US Army, NBC News, Service, Staff, Business Locations: Russia, Vladivostok, South Korea
Ukrainian forces took out more than 100 Russian soldiers with an ATACMS missile, per OSINT analysts. AdvertisementA Ukrainian ATACMS long-range missile strike killed more than 100 Russian soldiers in an occupied region 50 miles from the front line, according to OSINT and military analysts. Osinttechnical said at least one of the missiles struck a gathering of more than 100 Russian soldiers, with hundreds of M74 APAM bomblets falling on them. AdvertisementAn unnamed senior US official told the Times that Ukrainian soldiers already put them to use to attack a Russian military airfield in Crimea in mid-April. AdvertisementThe US sent Ukraine ATACMS with a shorter range last fall, which enabled Ukraine to destroy Russian helicopters and airfields behind the front lines, but not go after more distant targets.
Persons: , Osinttechnical, GeoConfirmed, couldn't, Philip Karber Organizations: Service, The Institute, Centre, Naval Analyses, US, Army Tactical Missile Systems, The New York Times, Times, Radio Free Locations: Russian, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine, Rohove, Ukraine's, Crimea, Russia, Radio Free Europe
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