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NATO to bolster Eastern flank assets in warning to Putin




With the war now entering its fourth week, the intensity of the conflict has been stepped up by Russian forces, in particular in the Mariupol region where the city limits remain under siege. Further to the West of Ukraine, and approaching Europe’s borders, Moscow has stepped up its attack with reports of shells falling just kilometres from the Polish border.

To date, NATO has refused to become embroiled in the conflict in spite of recurring demands by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to impose a no-fly zone over the country.

Both NATO members and allies are aware any engagement with Russian forces could result in global consequences of catastrophic scale.

Taking to Twitter to announce the reinforcement of NATO presence on the Eastern front, journalist and NATO enthusiast Teri Schulz said: “NATO will double its number of deployed battlegroups, sending them to Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

“Secretary-General Stoltenberg says he expects further announcements tomorrow reinforcing the alliance’s eastern flank.”

NATO member Estonia is now calling for the alliance to provide a permanent and more advanced presence in Eastern Europe to deter Putin’s spread West.

Jonatan Vseviov, the permanent secretary of the Estonian foreign ministry, said Europe and the North Atlantic alliance could never return to the world it knew before the 24 February Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He said: “We will be in a totally new security environment.

“There will be a new Ukraine. There will be a new Russia. There will be a new Europe.

“There is no going back to February 23.”

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Speaking at a conference prior to the full meeting taking place tomorrow, Mr Stoltenberg said: “NATO Allies have responded to this crisis with strong support for Ukraine, and unprecedented costs for Russia.

“There are now hundreds of thousands of Allied troops at heightened readiness across the Alliance.

“One hundred thousand US troops in Europe.

“And 40,000 forces under direct NATO command, mostly in the eastern part of the alliance.

“All backed by major air and naval power.

“Including five carrier strike groups in the High North and in the Mediterranean.”

“I expect leaders will agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains.

“With major increases to our forces in the eastern part of the Alliance.”

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Speaking of the actions taken by Putin, Mr Stoltenberg said: “President Putin’s invasion is brutal, and the human suffering is horrifying and painful to witness.
“We are determined to do all we can to support Ukraine.

“But we have a responsibility to ensure the war does not escalate beyond Ukraine and become a conflict between NATO and Russia.

“This would cause even more death and even more destruction.”

Speaking of China’s role, the Secretary-General said: “Beijing has joined Moscow in questioning the right of independent nations to choose their own path.

“China has provided Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and disinformation.

“And Allies are concerned China could provide material support for the Russian invasion.

“I expect leaders will call on China to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council, refrain from supporting Russia’s war effort and join the rest of the world in calling for an immediate, peaceful end to this war.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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