US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say

US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say

Washington CNN — The US is finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials familiar with the deliberations told CNN. The Biden administration announcement to send the US-made tanks could come as early as this week, CNN reported earlier Tuesday. The timing around the actual delivery of the tanks is … Read more

Zelensky shakes up Ukrainian government amid growing corruption scandal

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired a slew of senior Ukrainian officials amid a growing corruption scandal linked to the procurement of war-time supplies, in the biggest shakeup of his government since Russia’s invasion began. During his nightly address on Monday evening, Zelensky announced he was banning government officials from traveling abroad … Read more

Russia’s Wagner’s brutal tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report

Kyiv CNN — Wagner Group fighters have become the disposable infantry of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a Ukrainian military intelligence document obtained by CNN sets out how effective they have been around the city of Bakhmut – and how difficult they are to fight against. Wagner is a private military contractor run … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

Leopard tanks: With a Russian offensive looming, Ukrainian officials battle to train military up with new Western weapons

Pripyat, Ukraine CNN — A few kilometers from the Belarus border, Ukrainian forces are training for what they expect to be a brutal spring. Aging T-72 tanks – some twice the age of their crews – fire off rounds into the mist, while ground troops practice storming abandoned buildings. Some of the training takes place … Read more

Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is stuck in a standoff with Germany over whether to send tanks to Ukraine ahead of a key meeting of Western defense leaders in Germany on Friday. In recent days, German officials have indicated they won’t send their Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow any other country with the … Read more

Biden reaches a vital new tipping point on Ukraine

CNN — The West has reached its latest fateful crossroads over Ukraine. Looming decisions on deepening support for Kyiv’s fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s onslaught have been rendered even more critical by a winter battlefield that was more dynamic than the expected frozen stalemate. Time is also fast ebbing for the US and its … Read more

Bakhmut: Civilians struggle on with daily life despite battle

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — An excavator gouges huge chunks of rich brown earth by the roadside, depositing the dirt at the edge of the lengthening trench. Soldiers shovel more dirt out of the trench, well inside the city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. The officer in charge, who gives his name only as … Read more

Former Wagner commander flees to Norway

CNN — A former commander in Russia’s Wagner private military company has fled to Norway and is seeking asylum after crossing that country’s arctic border, according to Norwegian police and a Russian activist. Andrei Medvedev, in an interview with a Russian activist who helps people seek asylum abroad, said that he feared for his life … Read more