Thursday, April 28, 2022

Russian ammunition depot hit in blasts that Ukrainian official calls ‘karma’; Putin gets what he didn’t want: Ukraine army closer to West; Germany to send 50 anti-aircraft guns; Russian morale battered as renewed assault fails – 21.8k troops 'liquidated', LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Russian ammunition depot hit in blasts that Ukrainian official calls ‘karma’:
A Russian ammunition depot was hit in the latest series of revenge blasts early Wednesday — which a top Ukrainian official called “karma” for the Kremlin’s ongoing war.
The depot in Belgorod, close to Russia’s border with Ukraine, was left in a giant ball of flames after a loud explosion woke locals just after 3:30 a.m., regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram.
“There were no casualties among the civilian population,” the official said, without detailing if that included those at the ammunition site.
Explosions were also heard in another border province, Kursk, where the local governor claimed an unmanned Ukrainian aerial vehicle was intercepted over Russian skies.
Two blasts were also heard in Voronezh, where officials said its air defense systems also destroyed a small reconnaissance drone. --->READ MORE HERE
Air Force via AP
Putin gets what he didn’t want: Ukraine army closer to West:
The longer Ukraine’s army fends off the invading Russians, the more it absorbs the advantages of Western weaponry and training — exactly the transformation President Vladimir Putin wanted to prevent by invading in the first place.
The list of arms flowing to Ukraine is long and growing longer. It includes new American battlefield aerial drones and the most modern U.S. and Canadian artillery, anti-tank weapons from Norway and others, armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles from Britain and Stinger counter-air missiles from the U.S., Denmark and other countries.
If Ukraine can hold off the Russians, its accumulating arsenal of Western weapons could have a transformative effect in a country that has, like other former Soviet republics, relied mainly on arms and equipment from the Soviet era.
But sustaining that military aid won’t be easy. It is costly and, for some supplier nations, politically risky. It also is being taken out of Western stockpiles that at some point will need to be replenished. That is why U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting Tuesday at Germany’s Ramstein air base to work out ways to keep it going, now and for the long run. Defense ministers and top military leaders from approximately 40 countries participated. --->READ MORE HERE
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