Friday, January 19, 2024

Russia - Ukraine War News Updates -- January 19, 2023 (Videos)


WNU Editor: The Military Summary Channel's analysis on why NATO is positioning a large number of its forces in Poland on the border of Ukraine in the upcoming exercises is spot on.

Ukraine Claims One Of Its Drones Flew Over Russian President Putin's Residence In Valdai

Putin's dacha in Valdai was flown over by a drone during attack on the oil depot in St. Petersburg (Photo: rosmedia)  

RBC Ukraine: Drone flew over Putin's residence in Valdai: New details on oil depot attack in St. Petersburg  

During the attack on the oil depot in St. Petersburg that happened tonight, one of the drones flew over the residence of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in Valdai, according to the source in the special services. 

Earlier sources reported that the drone attack on the oil depot in the Leningrad region was a special operation of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine (DIU).

In particular, one of the drones flew over Valdai, where the estate of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is located. In particular, this residence and the surrounding area are covered by air defense systems.  

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Update: Ukraine says it flew a drone over Putin's woodland palace, evading its heavy defenses (Business Insider)  

WNU Editor: Both sides are investing heavily into drones .... Ukraine relying more on drones in war with Russia (CNN).

Ukraine Targeting Russian Oil Plants


BBC: Ukraine war: Russian oil depot hit in Ukrainian drone attack 

Fire has broken out over a large area of an oil storage depot in southern Russia after officials say it was hit by a Ukrainian drone. 

Russian media say four oil tanks caught alight and the fire then spread over an area of 1,000 sq m (10,763sq ft). Russian authorities in the Bryansk region say no-one was hurt. 

The Bryansk governor said the drone was intercepted near the town of Klintsy and its explosives then fell on the oil depot. 

The drone strike is the second on Russian oil facilities in two days. 

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WNU Editor: Four oil tanks were destroyed. This drone strike is the second on Russian oil facilities in two days. 

Ukraine Targeting Russian Oil Plants  

Oil Depot Catches Fire After Drone Downed in Russia's Bryansk Region -- Sputnik 

Kyiv Claims New Attack on Oil Depot in Russia -- Moscow Times/AFP  

Russian oil depot on fire after attempted Ukrainian drone attack -- Reuters  

Ukraine Targets Russian Oil Plants, Aiming to Disrupt Military Operations -- New York Times  

Ukrainian Drones Strike Russian Oil Reservoirs -- AP  

Ukrainian drone attack on Russian oil depot causes massive blaze -- Euronews  

Kyiv claims new attack on oil depot in Russia -- RTE  

Russian forces bring down Ukrainian drone, munitions explode and set Klintsy oil depot ablaze -- FOX News  

Ukrainian drone strike torches oil storage depot in southern Russia -- UPI

American MQ-9 Reaper Drone Shot Down Over Iraq

An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) flying over the Nevada Test and Training Range on January 14, 2020 (Photo: AFP)  

Trend News Line: American MQ-9 Reaper drone shot down near Migdadiyah in Diyala Province, Iraq  

American MQ-9 Reaper drone shot down near Migdadiyah in Diyala Province, Iraq 

In a recent incident that has sparked concern and raised questions about regional tensions, an American MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down near the town of Migdadiyah in Diyala Province, located in eastern Iraq. The downing of the drone, which occurred on January 18th, has prompted investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident.  

The Drone Shot Down: What We Know So Far 

According to reports, an MQ-9 Reaper drone, a remotely piloted aircraft used by the United States military for various purposes, was targeted and brought down in Diyala Province. The specific details of the incident, including who was responsible for shooting down the drone, are yet to be confirmed.  

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Update: Pentagon official confirms US drone crashed near Diyala (K24)  

WNU Editor: The Pentagon is confirming the loss of a drone in Iraq, but not that it was shot down.

North Korea Says It Tested A Nuclear-Capable Underwater Attack Drone

North Korean state media published these images of the "underwater nuclear system" when the drones were revealed last April

BBC: N Korea conducts 'underwater nuclear weapons system' test - state media 

North Korea says it has carried out a test of its "underwater nuclear weapons system" in response to drills by the US, South Korea and Japan this week. 

The underwater drone, which supposedly can carry a nuclear weapon, was tested off the east coast, state media said. 

There is no other evidence of the tests being conducted and Seoul had earlier said the North's descriptions of the drones' capability were exaggerated. 

South Korea called the reported tests a "provocation". It "threatens peace on [the] Korean Peninsula and the world," the South Korea's defence ministry said, adding:

"If North Korea directly provokes us, we will respond in an overwhelming manner following the principle of immediate, strong, and terminal action."  

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WNU editor: It is belevied that this was the device that was tested .... What Is HAEIL-5-23? North Korea's Underwater Nuke System Test Raises Alarm (Newsweek). More here .... Haeil-5-23 Nuclear Bomb Drone: North Korea's 'Sneak Attack' Weapon (National Interest). 

North Korea Says It Tested A Nuclear-Capable Underwater Attack Drone  

North Korea says it tested a nuclear-capable underwater drone in response to rivals’ naval drills -- AP  

North Korea says it has tested another underwater nuclear drone -- Washington Post 

North Korea claims it tested 'underwater nuclear weapon system' -- France 24  

North Korea says it has tested an underwater nuclear attack drone -- PA Media  

North Korea claims it tested nuclear-capable underwater drone capable of destroying naval vessels and ports -- FOX News  

North Korea conducts test of underwater nuclear weapon system: KCNA -- ABC News

North Korea claims to test underwater nuclear-capable drone after US, South Korea and Japan show off naval might -- CNN 

North Korea says it tested underwater nuclear attack drone -- The Hill

Is The Biden Administration’s Electric Vehicle Plan Putting U.S. National Security At Risk?

An employee works on an electric vehicle assembly line in Ningde, Fujian province, in August. [Photo/Xinhua]  

FOX News: 17 retired military officials raise alarm on Biden's electric vehicle push 

Biden's EV push is 'clear example of tone-deaf policymaking,' retired military officials write 

A coalition of 17 retired military officials — including multiple one-, two-, and three-star officers — are raising the alarm on President Biden's aggressive electric vehicle (EV) push over its national security implications. 

In a letter addressed to Biden and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, the officials led by retired U.S. Army Major General James Marks warned that the president's plans for mass EV proliferation will increase reliance on Chinese supply chains. 

They wrote that regulatory initiatives aimed at incentivizing EV adoption "intensify America’s vulnerability to political interference by the Chinese Communist Party."  

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Update: Former generals say Biden’s electric vehicle plan is putting national security at risk (Washington Examiner)  

WNU Editor: China is definitely dominating the EV market .... China Auto Giant BYD Sells More Electric Vehicles Than Ever (New York Times).

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Trashes Donald Trump


CTV News/Canadian Press: Day after Trump win in Iowa, Trudeau says U.S. faces choice between optimism, retreat 

MONTREAL - Voters in the United States will likely face a choice in the November presidential election between optimism for the future, or nostalgia for a past that never existed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. 

And while a second Donald Trump presidency "won't be easy," Trudeau told a Montreal business audience, the federal government is prepared for that possibility. 

Trudeau made the comments a day after Trump handily won the Iowa Republican caucuses, with about 51 per cent of the vote, a result that gave the former president an early lead for the Republican nomination ahead of the country's November election.  

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WNU Editor: The joke in Canada is that in the next election Prime minister Trudeau will be running against Trump rather than his Canadian political opponents. I am not sure if this is a good strategy. It appears that Trump is becoming more popular than Trudeau .... Trump is more popular among Canadians than Trudeau (and what that means) (National Post).

Canada's Department Of Defense Announces That Removal Of Tampon Dispensers In Men’s Bathrooms “Will Not Be Tolerated”

True North: Removal of tampon dispensers in men’s bathrooms “will not be tolerated,” Defence Department says 

The Department of National Defence says it won’t stand for members of the Canadian Armed Forces removing or vandalizing the feminine hygiene fixtures now required in men’s washrooms. 

True North has received reports and photos of damaged or removed tampon dispensers and disposal units, which were mandated in all federally regulated male and female washrooms late last year. 

One photo shared with True North was said to be taken in a men’s washroom at CFB Trenton, a large air base in central Ontario.  

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WNU Editor: And the powers that be wonder why no one wants to join the military .... Canada’s military closing out the year on a low note (Hill Times).

Is The U.S. Navy Struggling To Deploy Repalcement Ships To The Middle East?

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, front, and the landing ship USS Carter Hall travel through the Red Sea on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Riley Gasdia/U.S. Navy  

Politico: As the Middle East heats up, the Navy struggles to deploy replacement ships  

Delays are emblematic of a wider issue with repair and maintenance in the Navy that has seen warships languish pierside for months after they had been scheduled to leave. 

A group of warships led by the USS Bataan has done it all over the past six months. 

From warning off Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf to patrolling the Red Sea to filling in for an aircraft carrier off the Israeli coast, the workhorse amphibious ships Bataan and USS Carter Hall and their force of 2,000 Marines have been at the center of the action in a volatile Middle East. Yet the group is past the point that it should have started heading home for some much-needed rest, and is still on station because replacements are in short supply.

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WNU Editor: I am sure the US Navy can keep a necessary deployment of ships in the Middle East for as long as it takes. But there is going to be a heavy cost in resources, manpower, and monies.

The US Air Force's New Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program Is Facing Serious Cost Overruns

An artist's concept of the LGM-35A Sentinel ICBM.  

Air & Space Forces Magazine: New ICBM Has ‘Critical’ Cost and Schedule Overruns, Needs SecDef Certification to Continue 

The new Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile program being developed by the Air Force and Northrop Grumman will cost 37 percent more than expected and take at least two years longer than previous projections before achieving initial operational capability—compelling the service to extend the life of some of its Minuteman ICBMs, senior service and Northrop officials told Air & Space Forces Magazine. 

Just before close of business Jan. 18, the Air Force sent Congress notification of a Nunn-McCurdy breach on the Sentinel program. The Nunn-McCurdy Act requires the Pentagon to inform lawmakers if a program incurs a cost or schedule overrun of more than 15 percent. Any breach over 15 percent is considered “significant,” while a breach of 30 percent is considered “critical.”  

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Update #1: US Minuteman III missile replacement breaks $96 billion budget, triggers Pentagon review (Reuters)  

Update #2: US Test Fires $100B ICBM; Top Official Says Its Struggles Have Made Him ‘More Nervous’ Than B-21 Raider (Eurasian Times)  

WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. These costs overruns are just starting.