International Desk: Russia has threatened to destroy the US Abrams tanks given to Ukraine. At the same time, the country has warned that Kiev will burn even more, claiming that these tanks cannot change the results of the Russian attack. The Kremlin issued the warning on Tuesday, a day after Ukraine's much-anticipated US tanks arrived in the country.
News from Aljazeera and Moscow Times. Ukraine believes that US battle tanks will play an important role in breaking Russia's strong defense line. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a briefing that nothing could change the goals and results of the special military operation. There is no antidote, and no single weapon, that can change the balance of power on the battlefield. Western weapons will also burn Abrams.
Meanwhile, Russia has condemned successive Western arms deliveries to Ukraine. Moscow claims that the United States and Western countries are prolonging the conflict. Sokolov attended the meeting a day after claims that 34 officers were killed, including Russia's Black Sea Fleet commander Adm. Viktor Sokolov. The video and images released by the Russian Defense Ministry were broadcast on state television on Tuesday.
There, Sokolov was seen participating in a video conference with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, other top admirals and army chiefs. However, Kiev claimed they were killed in a Ukrainian missile attack on the naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol last week. Meanwhile, Russian warships are still attacking Ukraine.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy said on national television on Monday that Russia's attacks from the Black Sea are now like "a chicken running around without a head." Russian authorities claimed on Monday that air defense systems had repelled another Ukrainian missile attack on Sevastopol, on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. Ukraine has arrested a priest for alleged links to the Kremlin. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the priest was arrested in Kherson on charges of selling Russian arms and ammunition.
The US government has imposed new sanctions on five Russian and 11 Chinese companies for supplying drone components used in Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Blacklisting would make it difficult for US suppliers to export technology products to these companies. According to the Reuters report, these 9 companies, including the Chinese company Asia Pacific Lynx and the Russian company SMT-Ilogic, have been targeted by the US sanctions since last May.
Six more Chinese firms have been blacklisted for allegedly supplying space equipment to Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Kiev, meanwhile, said Ukraine's air defenses destroyed 26 of the 38 Russian drones it attacked on Monday night. Russia, on the other hand, said it had repelled several Ukrainian drone strikes in the Belgorod and Kursk regions. Apart from this, at least 11 drones have been destroyed.