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Russia, China push back against US military, NATO in pre-Olympics summit. The two leaders are looking to project themselves as a counterweight to the U.S.-led bloc, as China growingly shows support for Moscow in its dispute with Ukraine.
Russia Threat – Ukraine
US troops begin to arrive in Poland amid Ukraine tension. The airborne infantry troops landed Sunday in southeastern Poland near the border with Ukraine on President Joe Biden’s orders to deploy 1,700 soldiers there amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Russia at 70 percent of Ukraine military buildup, officials say. Russia has assembled at least 70 percent of the military firepower it likely intends to have in place by mid-month to give President Vladimir Putin the option of launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Russian bombers fly over Belarus amid Ukraine tensions. The flight followed several similar patrols over Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the north.
As US predicts Russia could seize Kyiv in days, Moscow calls assessment ‘scaremongering.’ The response comes after U.S. officials warned that a full-scale Russian invasion could leave as many as 50,000 civilians dead or injured.
US-led air bridge of weapons to Ukraine seeks to shore up Kyiv. The weapons and ammunition that Kyiv has requested are being flown in to mitigate a decided Russian military edge and deter a possible invasion.
What weapons will Poland send to Ukraine – and is an alliance next? With a shared border, Poland has a great interest in Ukraine’s ability to withstand a Russian invasion. How far that interest will go is the question.
Nordic countries bundle up against NATO-Russia freeze. Nordic governments are set to deepen cross-border defense collaboration against the backdrop of rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
US looks to build on security guarantees to UAE after Houthi missile attacks. U.S. troops stationed at al-Dhafra Air Base in the UAE have fired Patriot missiles to intercept Houthi-launched missiles on at least two occasions in recent weeks. The attacks forced the Americans to scramble for cover in reinforced bunkers.
North Korea seeks to produce material for nukes: UN experts. North Korea has continued to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, U.N. experts said in a new report.
CENTCOM boss says there is ‘rare opportunity’ to integrate air, missile defense in region. While much of the Pentagon’s stated focus in the past few months has been about pivoting away from the Middle East to strategic competition with Russia and China, “the most immediate and credible threats to the American homeland” are still coming from the Middle East, U.S. Central Command boss Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. argued Feb. 3.
Himalayan avalanche traps Indian Army patrol team near China border. A Himalayan avalanche trapped a patrol team of seven Indian Army personnel in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh near China on Sunday and they have yet to be rescued, a defence ministry official said on Monday.
Is a rift between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban imminent? Tensions over border demarcation and TTP violence may further damage relations between Islamabad and Kabul.
Turkey and Ukraine to coproduce TB2 drones. NATO member Turkey and its Black Sea ally Ukraine have agreed to coproduce an increasingly popular Turkish-made drone at a production site in Ukraine.
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