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Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to China as he looks to strengthen ties between the two countries. The Morning Rundown™

Putin meets with Xi in China as leaders look to strengthen ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to China as he looks to strengthen ties between the two countries, and Slovakia’s prime minister is seriously wounded during an assassination attempt. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Thursday, May 16, 2024. Putin meets with Xi in China as two countries look to strengthen ties Russian…

Sergei Shoigu has been ousted as Russia’s Minister of Defense. What happens next, and what does it mean for Ukraine and the West?

Why Putin axed Shoigu

On Monday, May 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin replaced Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu with Andrei Belousov. It was a surprising move to some observers, as Putin had previously refused to oust Shoigu from that position even after the Wagner Group rebelled against Shoigu specifically. Others, like Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan, predicted this move…

Russia showcased depleted military on Victory Day as the U.K. escalates crack down on Russian espionage and destabilizing activities.

Russia V-Day parade raises questions about military capabilities, supplies

Russia held its 79th annual Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, in Moscow to commemorate the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazi Germany in World War II. The scaled-down ceremony featured a World War II-era tank, 9,000 troops, 61 weapon systems and 15 combat aircraft in Red Square. Officials accused the West of fueling…

Putin pledges to fight for however long it takes, but is that a realistic pledge for a hamstrung Russian economy and a demoralized Russia?

Putin’s promise of a long war might be hollow threat

With the United States Congress finally passing another major defensive aid package and France now threatening to send its own armed forces in to defend Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is promising his people that Russia is prepared to fight a long, protracted war for however long it takes. But how realistic is that promise?…

Ukraine must be allowed to strike back at Russia itself, and lawmakers must promptly remove conditions on U.S. military assistance.

Lawmakers must remove conditions on US aid to Ukraine

Most Western aid to Ukraine has been allocated only on the condition that it not be used to strike against Russia itself. But since the start of Putin’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, military analysts and foreign policy writers have both cautioned against conditioning aid, warning that Ukraine cannot successfully defend itself unless it is…

Russia is the world’s largest producer of enriched uranium. That may present an issue for Western supply chains as sanctions escalate.

US may need to find new sources of uranium

Russia is the world’s largest producer of enriched uranium, presenting a problem for U.S. supply chains as Western sanctions against Russia continue to escalate in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In addition to uranium’s use in nuclear weapons, nuclear power provides around 20% of domestic American energy. Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan explains…

Vladimir Putin begins his fifth, six-year term as Russian president Tuesday, May 7, having led the country for over 24 years. As Russia continues its prolonged conflict with Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Monday, May 6, plans for tactical nuclear weapon drills in the near future.

Russia plans tactical nuclear drills after ‘provocative’ remarks from the West

Vladimir Putin begins his fifth, six-year term as Russian president Tuesday, May 7. He has led the country for over 24 years. As Russia continues its prolonged conflict with Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry announced plans on Monday for tactical nuclear weapon drills in the near future. These exercises aim to prepare Russia’s non-strategic nuclear…

Instead of tanks or APCs, a parade in North Korea showcased tractors and launchers concealed in civilian-looking vehicles.

North Korea parades dump truck missile launchers

Most modern militaries distinguish between military and civilian equipment, but not North Korea. Video from a recent parade honoring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reveals an unconventional display. Instead of tanks or armored carriers, tractors pulled rocket launchers and launchers discreetly concealed within vehicles designed to resemble civilian trucks. Matt Shoemaker, a retired intelligence…

While the ICC investigates alleged war crimes, Israeli officials fear potential ICC arrest warrants related to the conflict.

Israel believes ICC is ready to issue arrest warrants over Hamas war

Israeli officials expressed concerns that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may issue arrest warrants against Israeli government and military figures for actions linked to Israel’s conflict with Hamas. The ICC has the authority to accuse officials of war crimes, including genocide and crimes against humanity. According to Reuters, the ICC may seek an arrest warrant…

The U.S. is rushing aid to Ukraine, however, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the weapons coming from the U.S. need to come faster.

Ukraine retreats from villages as it waits for US aid to arrive

Over the weekend of April 27, Ukrainian troops were on the retreat from Russian forces. The United States is rushing aid to Ukraine since the foreign aid package passed on April 24. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the weapons coming from the U.S. need to come faster because Russia is capitalizing on the holding…

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