- Russia seizes territory in Ukraine.
- New enemy? Russians launch ‘attack’ against another country.
- What lies ahead for American soldiers?
THE LATEST: US military chief issues warning. The head of the US military on Saturday called on the Army’s new generation of soldiers to prepare to fight future wars that may bear little resemblance to today’s wars.
Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, painted a bleak picture of a world growing more unstable, with major powers determined to change the global order. He told the cadets graduating from West Point Military Academy that they will have a responsibility to make sure America is ready for new challenges.
“The world they enter has the potential for international conflict”
“The world you’re entering has the potential for significant international conflict between great powers, and that potential is increasing, not decreasing,” Milley told the cadets. “Any advantage that we, the United States, have enjoyed militarily over the past 70 years is rapidly shrinking and the United States will be, indeed is being, challenged in all domains of warfare, space, sea, air, and, of course, on land”, he stated.
He warned that the United States is no longer the undisputed world power. Instead, it is being tested in Europe by Russian aggression, in Asia by China’s spectacular economic and military growth and North Korean nuclear and missile threats, and in the Middle East and Africa by instability. caused by terrorists,” according to AP.
THE LATEST: Russia launches suspends gas exports
In a highly symbolic move, Russia suspended gas exports to neighboring Finland on Saturday, just days after the Nordic country announced it wanted to join NATO. The interruption marked the probable end of almost 50 years that Finland had been importing Russian natural gas.
The move by Russian energy giant Gazprom was in line with an earlier announcement, following Helsinki’s refusal to pay for gas in rubles, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded of European countries since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. , according to AP.
It is not the first suspension
Finnish state-owned gas company Gasum stated that “natural gas supplies to Finland under the Gasum supply contract were cut off” by Russia on Saturday at 7 am local time (0400 GMT). The announcement follows Moscow’s decision to cut off electricity exports to Finland earlier this month and an earlier decision by state-controlled Finnish oil company Neste to substitute imports of Russian crude oil for hydrocarbon from other sources.
After decades of energy cooperation that was seen as beneficial to both Helsinki, Finland’s energy ties with Russia have disappeared, as a result of the war. Filed Under: Latest War News
THE LATEST: Russia claims to have taken full control of Mariupol
Russia on Friday claimed to have captured Mariupol, in what would be its biggest victory so far since invading Ukraine, after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the port city to ruins and is feared to have killed over 20,000 civilians.
Ukraine has not confirmed anything in this regard. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin of the “full liberation” of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance, and of the city as a whole, spokesman Igor said. Konashenkov quoted by AP. Filed Under: Latest War News
They assure that the Ukrainian soldiers surrendered
Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that the minister said a total of 2,439 Ukrainian fighters who had dug in in Azovstal had laid down their arms and surrendered since Monday, including more than 500 on Friday. For weeks, the steel plant had been the scene of heavy fighting.
The shrinking group of Ukrainian fighters had maintained control of the plant, prompting Russian air, artillery and tank attacks before their government ordered them to abandon their defense and save their lives, notes The Associated Press. Filed Under: Latest War News