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US Report: Russia Has Lost a Stunning Number of Troops

Putin reportedly believes battered Russian military will outlast Western support for Ukraine

(Newser) - Russia has lost 87% of the ground troops and 62% of the tanks it had at the start of its war with Ukraine, according to a declassified US intelligence assessment. It paints a picture of Russia's military as struggling, though it's pushing forward despite the losses in the...

US Shifts Gears, Speeding Tank Delivery to Ukraine

Older Abrams model can be pulled from existing US stocks

(Newser) - The Pentagon is speeding up its delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, opting to send a refurbished older model that can be ready faster. The plan now is to get the 70-ton battle powerhouses to the war zone by fall, the AP reports. The US was going to send the...

North Korea Weighs In on US Help to Ukraine

Biden administration is 'further crossing the red line' by sending tanks, says Kim Jong Un's sister

(Newser) - North Korea has condemned the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight off Russia's invasion, saying DC is escalating a sinister "proxy war" aimed at destroying Moscow. The comments Friday by the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong...

Ukraine Begged for Tanks. It's Finally Getting Them

Germany says it will send its Leopard 2 heavy tanks; US expected to send its M1 Abrams tanks

(Newser) - Earlier this month, NATO allies, including the US, agreed to send combat vehicles to Ukraine to assist it in its fight against Russia. Now, Western nations are taking things up a level, at Ukraine's request, promising to ship heavier weaponry, including tanks, to the war-torn country. On Wednesday, Germany...

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US Extends Deployment at the Edge of War

Pressure increases on Germany to provide tanks to Ukraine

(Newser) - About 4,000 US soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division will remain in southeast Romania for at least nine months longer, Pentagon officials said Saturday. The troops are stationed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, across the Black Sea from Russian forces in Crimea, the New York Times reports. It's...

Strikes Hit Ukraine Cities as UK Promises Tanks

Nine people are killed in one city in missile attack

(Newser) - UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday promised to provide tanks and artillery systems to Ukraine, as renewed missile attacks by Moscow targeted multiple Ukrainian cities for the first time in nearly two weeks. Nine people were killed and 64 wounded in the southeastern city of Dnipro, where a Russian...

US, Other Allies Sending Combat Vehicles to Ukraine

New American aid package is nearly $3B

(Newser) - As the Russian-spurred war in Ukraine enters a new calendar year, Ukraine continues to push back hard, and its president is reupping an ask of Western allies. In a Wednesday night video address, Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded specifically for tanks and heavy weaponry, as officials in the country's east say...

Tanks' Role in Modern Warfare Is Being Questioned

Russia has lost hundreds of them to missiles, drones in Ukraine

(Newser) - One of the most enduring sights from early in Russia's war in Ukraine was wrecked Russian tanks, which were destroyed or captured by the hundreds as Russian forces tried to press toward Kyiv. The "woeful" performance of Russia's tanks, especially the T-72 workhorse of the Russian military,...

There's a Problem With the Design of Russia's Tanks

The way the ammunition is stored can lead to catastrophic results

(Newser) - There's a problem with Russia's tanks—one born out of a design decision that was intended to make them better. As Forbes explains in detail, Russia's T-72 series and subsequent tanks trade the traditional four-man set-up for a design that only requires three crewmembers by automating the...

Man Who Kept Nazi-Era Tank in Basement Finds Out His Fate

It's a fine of $300K, plus a suspended 14-month prison sentence for German senior

(Newser) - In took 20 soldiers nearly nine hours to extract a Nazi-era military tank from an elderly German man's basement in 2015, just one of the many eyebrow-raising items found in his Heikendorf home. The man was also in possession of an anti-aircraft gun, a torpedo, machine guns and assault...

Big Lawsuit Emerges Over Fatality in Vintage Tank

Shell explosion in Oregon killed Steve Preston, young assistant

(Newser) - Oregon's Steve Preston died in 2015 while doing one of his favorite things: firing old shells from a World War II-era tank on a firing range. His death came when one of those shells misfired, and now his family is seeking almost $13 million in a lawsuit from the...

Man Drives Tank Into Store, Steals Bottle of Wine

Witnesses note he seemed drunk

(Newser) - On Wednesday morning in a Russian town just south of the Arctic Circle, a tank rumbled through the snowy streets before crashing into a convenience store, the Independent reports. Reuters notes that witnesses at the scene "did not seem particularly disturbed by the incident." It all started when...

WWII Tank Crushes Man at Jelly Belly Chief's Home

Herman Rowland's son-in-law had permission to drive tank

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man was killed after being run over by a World War II-era tank over the weekend, but he wasn't on any kind of battlefield. Kevin Wright was attending a family reunion at the Fairfield, Calif., home of Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. on Saturday when he...

WWII Tank Was Stashed in 78-Year-Old's Cellar

Prosecutors previously found stolen Nazi art in the pensioner's villa

(Newser) - It took 20 soldiers almost nine hours to remove a World War II "Panther" tank from a pensioner's cellar in a wealthy community in northern Germany—and that's in spite of the fact that the German army sent in modern recovery tanks to help confiscate the vintage...

New Russian Tank May Work on Its Own One Day

One designer says the Armata drives and feels like a modern SUV

(Newser) - Russia's new tank, the Armata, is expected to form the backbone of the nation's armed forces for years to come. Its designers say the new machine may evolve into a fully robotic vehicle that could operate autonomously on the battlefield. Here's a look at some of the...

Pro-Russia Civilians Confront Ukrainian Troops

NATO pledges heightened preparation

(Newser) - Ukraine continues its descent into chaos and confusion: With tanks and troops entering the Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk , the BBC reports that Ukrainian forces have run right into resistance from pro-Russia civilians. An officer noted that he would never attack his "own people"; another soldier said locals have been...

Shots Fired as Ukraine Says It Has Retaken Airport

Tanks spotted, but so far no action reported

(Newser) - Ukraine appears to have at last followed through on its threats to use military force against separatists in the east. Heavy gunfire rang out inside Kramatorsk air base today, Sky News reports. Interim Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov announced that Ukrainian troops had retaken the base, driving out the pro-Russian militiamen...

Britain: We'll Boost Support for Syria Rebels

Regime's arsenal looks shaky

(Newser) - With Kofi Annan stepping down from his diplomatic post, Britain is trying to pick up the slack in Syria. Foreign Secretary William Hague today promised more "practical but non-lethal support to the opposition," citing "communications" as an example, Reuters reports. "We don't give up on...

Tank Crushes Minnesota House (on Purpose)

It was set for demolition anyway

(Newser) - A Minnesota house was due to be demolished—so locals figured they might as well plow through it with a tank. The 150-year-old home in Kasota went out with a bang thanks to a company called "Drive a Tank." The firm offers civilians the chance to, well, drive...

Saudi King Condemns Syrian Violence

Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia withdraw ambassadors

(Newser) - With tanks continuing an onslaught against Syria’s uprising, Saudi Arabia’s king voiced harsh criticism of the crackdown and withdrew his ambassador to the country. “What is happening in Syria is not acceptable for Saudi Arabia,” King Abdullah said in a televised statement, calling on authorities to...

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