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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The United States will not provide the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has sought in its fight against Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday, as Russian forces claimed a series of incremental gains in the country's east.

Ukraine planned to push for Western fourth-generation fighter jets such as the F-16 after securing supplies of main battle tanks last week, an adviser to Ukraine's defence minister said on Friday. A Ukrainian air force spokesman said it would take its pilots about half a year to train on such fighter jets.

Asked if the United States would provide the jets, Biden told reporters at the White House, "No."

The brief exchange came shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that Russia had begun exacting its revenge for Ukraine's resistance to its invasion with relentless attacks in the east.

Zelenskiy has warned for weeks that Moscow aims to step up its assault on Ukraine after about two months of virtual stalemate along the front line that stretches across the south and east. - REUTERS
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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatian President Zoran Milanovic criticizes the support from the West going to Ukraine, a move that goes against tha country's Prime Minister.

"The participation in this military mission is just a consistent, principled and rational decision of Croatia, in its national interest," Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said prior to this.
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(#) Ryan Chan ้™ณๅฎถ็ฟน: US Transportation Command is delivering the first shipment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine. The shipment โ€” containing more than 60 Bradleys โ€” left the shores of North Charleston, South Carolina, Jan. 25.
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(#) #Ukraine: The Ukrainian 72nd Brigade destroyed and damaged a IMR-2 combat engineering vehicle, two BMP-2 IFV and two BMP-3 IFV of the Russian army during an attempted attack in the vicinity of Vuhledar, #Donetsk Oblast.
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Battle of Bakhmut update, translated by Dimitri/WarTranslated via Twitter: "intense assault on the city continues with combined forces of Wagner, airborne and regular infantry units. Ukrainian forces receive reinforcements, the city of Bakhmut is firmly under Ukrainian control - Kiyanyn."
Forwarded from Our Wars, Today (H)
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#Russian PSYOP airwaves: An apparent radio-transmitted Russian military message tells #Ukrainian soldiers that the Ukrainian leadership has decided to surrender #Bakhmut and #Maryinka, appealing to them to abandon their weapons and make videos complaining about lack of support from their command. Via WarTranslated on Twitter.

It should be noted such videos as mentioned at the end, have frequently been posted by both Russian and Ukrainian forces and their aligned fighters. Videos are from mostly militia/conscript/mobilized for both sides as far as I've seen. These videos have also been consistent since at least early Summer last year. Just for clarity.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿช– An interesting headgear attachment affixed to the top of a Ukrainian soldier, possibly a foreign volunteer. Location/date unknown.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, two U.S. officials briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

The weapons aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week, the officials said. It is also expected to include support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons, they added.

One of the officials said a portion of the package, expected to be $1.725 billion, would come from a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows President Joe Biden's administration to get weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.

The USAI funds would go toward the purchase of a new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) made by Boeing Co (BA.N), which have a range of 94 miles (150 km). The United States has rebuffed Ukraine's requests for the 185-mile (297-km) range ATACMS missile. - REUTERS
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#Myanmar (#Burma) ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ: A new photo posted by a fighter of "Albino Tiger Battalion" during a recent training.

The fighter seems to be using a quite rare M60 machine gun, chambered in 7.62x51mm.
It was likely smuggled from one of the neighboring countries.

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Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin:

The United States is committed to using conventional and nuclear weapons to deter and protect South Korea.
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Azerbaijani forces fighting in the ranks Ukrainian Army, adjusting artillery fire.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ More commentary from Prigozhin, this time he comments on the recent video recruiting US military veterans:

"Dear Evgeny Viktorovich! The Tsargrad TV channel is preparing a material, and we would like to verify the authenticity of the information about the authorship of the commercial calling on US citizens to join Wagner PMC.

We publish the comment of the press service:
โ€œWe did not distribute this video. The author is unknown to us. It's probably folk art."
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Another request from a US news outlet to Prigozhing, this time CNN:

Request from the editors of CNN and response:
good afternoon,
There is information that the Wagner Group is executing recruited prisoners who refuse to fight or fulfil an order and declaring deceased fighters as missing to avoid insurance pay-outs? Could you please comment.

We publish a comment by Evgeny Viktorovich:
โ€œGentlemen of CNN, do you really think that we will discuss our military issues with you, while you are our open enemy. It's like discussing military matters and sharing information with the CIA.
It can be said with confidence that PMC "Wagner" is an exemplary military organization that complies with all the necessary laws and rules of modern wars.
However, if you somehow got information that one of our fighters did not receive insurance, then send a request to the press service, and we will be happy to deal with it. To date, not a single case of non-payment of insurance sums has been recorded in PMC Wagner.
Separately, we would like to inform you that if American citizens, CNN readers, wish to join the Wagner PMC, they can send their appeal to the press service. We will definitely look into it. And even then, upon returning to your homeland, if the US government does not persecute these citizens, you can communicate with them. Also get information or interview them, if the disclosure of this data is not prohibited by the internal rules of Wagner PMC and does not fall under military secrets.
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ "The creator of Rybar channel who now has a live TV program admits that Russian VDV forces lost 50% of personnel by September last year." - Dimitri/WarTranslated via Twitter

This is significant. Rybar has well over 1 million followers and is closely monitored by the Kremlin. Its likely this may elicit a statement from the Russian government.