US sending $1 billion more military aid to outgunned Ukraine
The U.S. says it will send an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, as America and its allies work to provide longer-range weapons they say can make a difference in a fight where Ukrainian forces are outnumbered and outgunned by their Russian invaders.
China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia
China’s defense minister says the United States is trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.”.
China will 'definitely not hesitate to start a war' over Taiwan split, Beijing warns US
In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the event’s keynote speech. In a separate face-to-face meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Wei made it clear that China remained firm in its stance against Taiwanese independence.news.yahoo.com
At first meeting, U.S., China defense chiefs call for more communication
It was the latest indication that the temperature of the U.S.-China conflict has been dialed down a few notches, even as Beijing and Washington remain strategic rivals with opposing interests across a range of issues.washingtonpost.com
US official says diplomatic push in Asia paying dividends
A top State Department official says the American diplomatic push aimed at countering China’s increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States.
New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns
A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal authorization may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused the other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.
3 Air Force cadets who refused vaccine won't be commissioned
Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor's degrees, the academy said Saturday. Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had refused the vaccine until about a week ago, decided to be vaccinated and will graduate and become an Air Force officer. In a statement, Miller said that while the three will get a degree "they will not be commissioned into the United States Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated."news.yahoo.com
Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he's in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have unrestricted access to world markets.
Review finds US troops didn't violate law in Syria airstrike
The U.S. military committed a number of procedural mistakes in the aftermath of a 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed dozens, including women and children, but a new investigation has concluded that U.S. troops did not violate the law of war or deliberately cause civilian casualties.
The Army Is Preparing for the End of Nationwide Abortion Rights as Senators Press to Keep Access
The Army is weighing new policies in response to the Supreme Court's expected decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and eliminate protections on abortion rights across the country, the service's senior enlisted leader told Congress.news.yahoo.com
As war grinds on, the definition of victory remains murky
The contours of a Russian loss remain as murky as a Ukrainian win. And as the conflict heads into what is likely to be a protracted fight, the need to manage NATO unity and public opinion here and abroad — balancing the probable with the possible — has become as much a priority as what is happening on the battlefield.washingtonpost.com
Defense leaders say Russia learning from mistakes in Ukraine
The U.S. has learned a great deal about Russian military shortfalls and capabilities in the first two months of the war in Ukraine, top Pentagon leaders told Congress Tuesday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that if Congress approves funding, the most critical things that Ukraine needs are anti-tank, anti-aircraft and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. Milley added that with the fighting now concentrated in the eastern Donbas region, Ukrainian forces also need more tanks and other mechanized vehicles, which the U.S. and other nations are providing.news.yahoo.com
Putin tells Erdogan that hostilities have ended in Mariupol
Olena Roshchina - Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 15:48 Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Mariupol city in southern Ukraine has already been seized by the Russian army and hostilities have ended there.news.yahoo.com
62nd day of Putin's war. One person killed in shelling in Zaporizhzhyia, Ukrainian air defenses shoot down 10 enemy aircraft in a day
Today, April 26, is the 62nd day of Ukraine's defense against a full-scale Russian invasion. Ukraine has been fighting off Russia aggression for over two months.news.yahoo.com
U.S. restarts diplomatic activity inside Ukraine and pledges more aid
“Russia is failing, Ukraine is succeeding,” Blinken said after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday. To aid in that effort, the officials announced more than $700 million in new military aid to countries threatened by Russia, including more than $300 million for Ukraine. A longer-term request is expected in the future to help Ukraine recover from what has been an utterly devastating war. Speaking in a hangar in Poland filled with crates of humanitarian aid, including diapers, destined for Ukraine, Blinken said diplomats will begin traveling to Lviv, in western Ukraine, ahead of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reopening its doors. But officials said the benefits of reestablishing a diplomatic presence within Ukraine outweigh the risks, and will allow embassy staffers to coordinate more closely with Ukrainian officials and eventually provide more consular services.washingtonpost.com
Russia-Ukraine latest news: Level of radiation at Chernobyl 'abnormal' following occupation
World War Three a 'real' danger, says Kremlin Rape victim ordered to help Russian troops hunt for women Russian fuel depots set ablaze after Ukrainian strikes Many Bucha victims killed by metal darts Listen to the latest episode of our daily Ukraine podcastnews.yahoo.com
Ukraine 'can win' the war 'if they have the right equipment': Pentagon chief
Ukraine can win the war against Russia "if they have the right equipment", Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin says as he returns from a trip to Kyiv with US State Secretary Antony Blinken. "The first step in winning is believing that you can win. And so they believe that we can win," Austin told a group of journalists after he and Blinken had both met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "We believe that we can win, they can win if they have the right equipment, the right support." ++ COMPLETES VIDI328W8PK_EN ++news.yahoo.com
Prettier in pink: the push to remake Japan's cherry blossoms
Japan's famed cherry blossom season blankets the country in the delicate white flowers of the prized "somei-yoshino" tree. The popular somei-yoshino strain accounts for more than 90 percent of the cherry trees planted in Japan but some want change as the strain is prone to disease and tends to grow too large to be well managed in urban settings.news.yahoo.com
U.S. to resume diplomatic operations in Ukraine
Diplomats will return to the western city of Lviv, where Ukrainians and foreigners have sought shelter from the violence raging elsewhere in the country, a first step to reopening the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine’s capital, U.S. officials said.washingtonpost.com
In Kyiv, Blinken and Austin announce aid, diplomatic surge
NEAR THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDER (AP) — The United States announced new military assistance for Ukraine and a renewed diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation as President Joe Biden's secretary of state and Pentagon chief completed a secrecy-shrouded trip to Kyiv. In the highest-level American visit to the capital since Russia invaded in late February, top envoy Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Ukraine’s president, Volodomyr Zelenskyy, and his advisers that the U.S. would provide more than $300 million in foreign military financing and had approved a $165 million sale of ammunition.news.yahoo.com
Russia-Ukraine latest news: Large fire rages at fuel depot used as logistics base for Russian forces
Johnson warns UN chief that Putin will ‘manipulate’ Russia visit Ukraine repels first week of assaults by Russian forces in Donbas Russian soldiers write 'Christ is risen' on missiles fired at Ukraine Don’t ban Russian energy, Gerhard Schroder tells Germany Listen to the latest episode of our daily Ukraine podcastnews.yahoo.com
Live updates | Ukraine: Civilians in steelworks beg for aid
An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the U.S. secretaries of state and defense are meeting with the Ukrainian leader in the highest-level visit to Kyiv by an American delegation since the start of Russia’s two-month invasion.