Czech Republic backtracks on finding cash to buy 800,000 shells for Ukraine – POLITICO

Prague is leading an initiative to purchase 500,000 artillery shells of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber for Kiev. A total of 18 countries have agreed to finance the purchases under the Czech Republic-led initiative. While some governments – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – have announced actual financial … Read more

Moldova turns to France in face of threats from Putin – POLITICO

That call was noticed in Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday: “Russia is open to providing this assistance, but we prefer to solve all problems without any exception through dialogue, political dialogue,” TASS news agency reported. Strengthen the defense Although Moldovan Foreign Minister Mihail Popșoi sees no immediate threat of a Russian invasion, … Read more

Ukraine’s in a dire position. Macron’s gaffe made things worse. – POLITICO

Moreover, only 31 percent of respondents overall indicated that they preferred that Europe support Ukraine until it regains occupied territory, while 41 percent preferred that Europe push Ukraine to negotiate a peace deal to negotiate with Russia. Strikingly, “people’s solidarity seems to be wavering in some of the country’s neighbors,” wrote Ivan Krastev and Mark … Read more

North Korea sent more than 3m artillery shells to Russia, says Seoul

SEOUL – North Korea has sent 6,700 shipping containers of ammunition to Russia in recent months, potentially yielding more than 3 million 152-millimeter artillery shells, South Korea’s defense chief says. Russia is expected to continue providing technological assistance to North Korea’s military surveillance satellite program, Defense Minister Shin Won-sik told South Korean media on Monday. … Read more

Russians Walked Into Avdiivka. Out Of Artillery, Ukraine Flung Drones.

Six Russian soldiers walk towards Avdiivka. Capture of the 110th Mechanized Brigade A team of Russian infantry, who recently marched on foot into Avdiivka in a daylight assault, demonstrated the dangers of the brutal four-month battle for the devastated city just northwest of Russian-occupied Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. A Ukrainian drone spotted the six Russian … Read more