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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Read previewCentral Europe's largest ammunition supplier said that quality and cost issues meant that half of the shells it's sourcing for Ukraine can't be sent directly to the country, according to the Financial Times. In January, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the war in Ukraine had "become a battle for ammunition." Ukraine has been forced to limit itself to firing 2,000 shells per day for much of this year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. AdvertisementAnd it's only been since mid-May that its forces have started to breathe more easily over their ability to expend shells, Zelenskyy said.
Persons: , Michal Strnad, Strnad, Strnad's, Jens Stoltenberg, Sinéad Baker, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Zelenskyy Organizations: Service, Financial Times, Czechoslovak Group, Business, CSG, Radio Free, NATO, Reuters Locations: Ukraine, Czech, Asia, Africa, Prague, Russia
Ukraine's East Air Command unveiled photos of a "FrankenSAM," a blend of Soviet and US weapons. The combined air defense systems were announced in October, but this is the first time one was officially revealed. Ukraine and the US have been working on "FrankenSAM" projects to make use of Kyiv's older inventory. AdvertisementUkraine on Monday unveiled the first official photos of a "FrankenSAM," a hybrid air defense system that combines Soviet launchers with US missiles. The East Air Command posted the photos on its Facebook page with an interview of an officer in charge of the defense system.
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Sweden will send an ASC 890 aircraft to Ukraine in a $1.23 billion aid package. The airborne early warning plane enhances Ukraine's range against airborne and maritime targets. AdvertisementSweden will be delivering an ASC 890 airborne early warning and control aircraft to Ukraine, stepping up its alert system and range, as part of its $1.23 billion aid package announced Wednesday. Pål Jonson, Sweden's minister of defense, said the aircraft will provide Ukraine "with a new capability against both airborne and maritime targets." With the contribution of the ASC 890, Jonson added that Ukraine's "capability to identify targets at long range will be strengthened."
Persons: , Pål Jonson, Jonson Organizations: ASC, Service, Business Locations: Sweden, Ukraine
Russia is producing shells 3 times faster than Ukraine's allies, a report said. The report said Russia was also producing shells more cheaply. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementRussia is producing artillery shells faster and at a lower price than Ukraine's NATO allies, a report found. By comparison, the US, the UK, and other European allies are expected to produce 1.3 million this year.
Persons: Organizations: Service, NATO, Bain & Company, Sky News, Business Locations: Russia, Ukraine
Belgium plans to send 30 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but it must avoid using them over Russia. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementBelgium has agreed to send 30 US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine as long as they aren't flown within Russian territory. "F-16 jets will be provided to Ukraine as soon as possible. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Zelenskyy, , Alexander De Croo, Volodymyr Zelenskyy Organizations: Service, Belgian, Ukraine Defense Forces, Business Locations: Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Russian
Read previewRussia began its latest offensive in northern Ukraine too early and without enough soldiers because it wanted to get ahead of Western aid heading to Ukraine, experts said. AdvertisementRussia started its new offensive in Kharkiv, in northeast Ukraine, earlier this month. But, it added, "the likely premature start of Russian offensive operations appears to have undermined Russian success in northern Kharkiv Oblast." AdvertisementUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 24, 2024. In April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was firing 10 times more artillery than Ukraine, and had 30 times more aircraft.
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Read previewRussia has moved some combat forces from Africa to help support its latest offensive efforts in northeastern Ukraine, according to a new Western intelligence assessment. The Russian defense ministry created the Africa Corps last year as a way to expand its footprint on the continent and also in the Middle East. Photo by Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty ImagesRussia's defense ministry "almost certainly redeployed detachments from the Africa Corps to the Ukrainian border during April 2024 in preparation for this offensive," the defense ministry said. Other Africa Corps detachments are believed to have deployed to Syria, Libya, Burkina Faso, and Niger, the UK said. French Army via APThe recent deployment of certain Africa Corps units to the Kharkiv region appears to underscore Russia's commitment to its new offensive.
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Read previewRussia's jamming technology appears to be increasingly interfering with Elon Musk's Starlink service in Ukraine. AdvertisementBrian Weeden, the chief program officer for the nonprofit Secure World Foundation, previously told BI that Russia has struggled to disrupt Ukraine's Starlink service. Because Starlink satellites are closer to Earth, latency — the delay between a user's action and a network response — is shorter. According to The Times, Russia may have gotten better at interfering with the signal by using more powerful and precise jammers. AdvertisementThe outlet said Russians were purchasing the technology from foreign countries, including the US, before smuggling it to Russian troops in Ukraine.
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Hungary's prime minister said officials are working to "redefine" his country's NATO membership. The aim is to not have to "take part in NATO actions outside NATO territory," Viktor Orbán said. The change would likely allow Hungary to avoid being involved in future NATO assistance to Ukraine. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementThe NATO member most aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to alter its membership in the Western military alliance so that it can avoid aiding Ukraine's fight against Russia's invasion.
Persons: Hungary's, Viktor Orbán, , Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's Organizations: NATO, Service, Bloomberg, Business Locations: Hungary, Ukraine
Russia said its border region of Belgorod came under a missile and drone attack overnight, claiming that its air defense systems shot down 35 rockets and three drones over the region. CNBC was unable to verify the claims but Belgorod, adjacent to Ukraine's northeast Kharkiv region, where Russian forces are waging an intense offensive, has found itself under daily attack by Ukrainian forces.
Organizations: CNBC Locations: Russia, Belgorod, Kharkiv, Ukrainian
Read previewEuropean countries are preparing to reveal plans for a $4.3 billion Iron Dome-style air and missile defense system, Poland's prime minister announced on Monday. The European Sky Shield Initiative, or ESSI, is conceived as a means to jointly procure ground-based interoperable air defense systems. There is no reason for Europe not to have its missile defense shield," Tusk said, per The Telegraph. Related storiesIsrael's Iron Dome has long been seen as one of the world's most advanced air defense systems, protecting the country's skies from rockets and other projectiles. AdvertisementWhile a direct hot-war attack by Russia on NATO Europe is not considered an immediate likelihood, many countries — particularly those that border Russia — are deeply alarmed.
Persons: , . Donald Tusk, Tusk, ESSI, Olaf Scholz, It's, Andrzej Duda Organizations: Service, AVN, European Council, Kyiv Post, Business, Sky Shield Initiative, Telegraph, NATO, Patriots, IRIS Locations: Kyiv, Israel, Europe, Russia, Iran, NATO Europe, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, German, ESSI
Russia's latest non-strategic nuclear weapons drills are being watched closely by Ukraine and the West, coming at a time when Moscow is warning Kyiv's Western allies against any direct involvement in the war in Ukraine. Russian soldiers patrol a street on April 11, 2022, in Volnovakha in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine. Announcing the exercises earlier in May, Russia's Ministry of Defense directly linked the exercises to "provocative statements and threats of individual Western officials against the Russian Federation." Earlier this week, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on allies to get more directly involved in the war, such as by helping to intercept Russian missiles. The Kremlin accused Zelenskyy of "hysterics" and said Kyiv's request was due to "unfavorable conditions" for Ukraine on the battlefield.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Zelenskyy Organizations: Russia's Ministry of Defense, Russian Federation, Kremlin Locations: Ukraine, Moscow, Volnovakha, Donetsk People's Republic, Russian
Read previewUkraine's navy claims it has likely destroyed the last of Russia's cruise missile carriers operating out of the crucial Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. If confirmed, it would mean there is no longer a Russian missile carrier based out of the key peninsula, he told the outlet. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and it is home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquarters at Sevastopol. The move came amid Ukraine's ongoing campaign against Russian Black Sea ports and warships, using cruise missiles and drones. In April, Ukraine claimed to have destroyed or damaged a third of the Russian fleet.
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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
Russia is currently experiencing a labour shortage in no small part due to the war in Ukraine, with some sectors experiencing significant problems recruiting workers, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Tuesday, noting that the situation could lead to a "mobilisation of labour." In other news, Poland has arrested nine people in connection with acts of sabotage committed in the country on the orders of Russian services. Ukraine's ally Warsaw says it has become a target for Russian intelligence services because it is a hub for military hardware supplies for Kyiv. "We currently have nine suspects arrested and charged with engaging in acts of sabotage in Poland directly on behalf of the Russian services," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk told private broadcaster TVN24 late Monday, Reuters reported.
Persons: Warsaw, Donald Tusk Organizations: Britain's Ministry of Defense, Kyiv, TVN24, Reuters Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Poland
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
Read previewA man who spent two years moderating one of the internet's most influential sources of information on Ukraine is being called up to fight against Russia. Mykola Sokalskii, a 39-year-old film producer from Kyiv, started live-streaming on Reddit in 2020 after the pandemic began. Speaking to Business Insider, Sokalskii said the subreddit "skyrocketed" in popularity on Russia's full-scale invasion in 2022, swelling from 80,000 members to 906,000. "But that's just the way things are, and that's also the way you can portray war. Ukraine's parliament also passed a bill earlier this month that would allow the country's military to recruit prisoners to fight .
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Russian S-400 surface-to-missile systems in the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square on i in May 2023. Ukraine in September said it destroyed two Russian S-400 batteries in Crimea, a region annexed by Russia in 2014. Rajan Menon, the director of the Grand Strategy program at the US think tank Defense Priorities, described the S-400 as Russia's "top-of-the-line air defense system." A rocket launches from a S-400 missile system at the Ashuluk military base in Southern Russia in September 2020. A Patriot air defense system test-fired during a training in Chania, Greece, on November 8, 2017.
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Read previewSome NATO countries are encouraging their allies to be bolder when it comes to sending their own soldiers to Ukraine. Many NATO countries have aided Ukraine since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022, by providing weaponry and training of troops. However, some Western and Ukrainian officials believe that training Ukrainian soldiers on their own territory would be more efficient, the FT reported. Instructors from the Norwegian Home Guard train alongside Ukrainian soldiers in Norway in August 2023. Kallas said that even if NATO soldiers were attacked by Russia while in Ukraine, it wouldn't automatically trigger Article 5, NATO's collective defense clause.
Persons: , Kaja Kallas, Jonathan Nackstrand, Kallas, It's, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Kaja, Andrew Kravchenko Kallas, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Antoine Gyori, Ingrida Šimonytė Organizations: Service, NATO, Business, Financial Times, Norwegian Home Guard, Getty, Ukraine, Estonia's, AP, Russia, Kremlin Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Norway, AFP, Europe, Zhytomyr, France, Western, Lithuanian
Russian strikes on Ukraine's Kharkiv region kill at least 11
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A view shows a crater that appeared after a Russian missile strike on a structure at a resort, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine May 19, 2024. The missile strikes were the latest in what have been constant Russian attacks in recent weeks on the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, where Russian troops have launched an offensive. Rescuers said the initial strike was followed by a second strike around 20 minutes later, targeting emergency crews at the scene in a so-called "double tap". Local governor Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces shelled two villages of the district with a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. "Two Patriots for Kharkiv will make a fundamental difference," he said, referring to Patriot missile defence systems.
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A new video shows Ukraine's special forces navigating enemy fire to transport reinforcements to Chasiv Yar. The Kraken unit, formed by Azov Brigade veterans, has become one of the country's best-known units. 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 . AdvertisementOne of Ukraine's special forces units has revealed what it takes to replenish frontline troops under constant enemy shelling.
Persons: Chasiv Yar, , Vadym Skibitsky Organizations: Azov Brigade, Service, Defense Intelligence, Business Locations: Russia, Ukraine
Much of the war in Ukraine has gone poorly for Russia. But Russian President Vladimir Putin's war machine looks very different today than it did at the start of the conflict. The Russian military continued to suffer from other problems in the first year of fighting, racking up troop and equipment losses while failing to capture significant amounts of Ukrainian territory. AdvertisementThe following month, a top US official and general said, respectively, that the Russian military was "almost completely reconstituted" and had "grown back" to its pre-war strength. The employment of glide bombs to support ground maneuver is the primary example of how Russia's military is successfully learning from its past shortcomings, Barros said.
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Germany is showing cross-party support for defending Ukraine's border regions from NATO territories. A German politician said the Western defense of Israel from Iran is a blueprint for protecting Ukraine. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementThe Western response to Iran's barrage of attacks against Israel represents a potential model for defending Ukraine's border regions from NATO territories, a German politician has said. Calls have been growing for NATO countries to use air defenses based in eastern Europe to take down Russian missiles and drones targeting Ukraine.
Persons: , Anders Fogh Rasmussen Organizations: NATO, Kyiv, Service, NATO's, Business Locations: Germany, Ukraine's, Israel, Iran, Ukraine, German, Europe, Poland, Romania
With 14 to 21 well-equipped brigades, Ukraine could eject Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory, according to an American expert. One is Ukraine amassing a sufficiently powerful ground combat force that can defeat the estimated 500,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. With Russian forces solidly dug in behind minefields and fortifications across eastern and southern Ukraine, that Baltic scenario bears similarities to the situation that Ukraine faces today. Given sufficient quantities of munitions, Ukraine could inflict enough losses to decisively attrit Russian forces that have already sustained an estimated 500,000 casualties. He started with a 2023 Estonian Ministry of Defense plan that laid out a roadmap for Ukraine to defeat Russia.
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Read previewUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier this week that Ukraine's forces had reported no shortages of artillery shells for the first time since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022, the Kyiv Independent reported. "For the first time during the war, none of the brigades complained that there were no artillery shells," Zelenskyy said on May 16. Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesUkraine's armed forces have faced severe artillery shortages in recent months, partly due to a US military aid package being stalled in Congress. Despite this, Russian artillery will likely outmatch Ukraine's for most of 2024, officials and analysts told Foreign Policy. He added that he expected Ukrainian forces would "hold the line" near Kharkiv City.
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