Author: BRAD DRESS

What’s at stake as Ukraine clings onto Bakhmut

Ukraine’s lines are holding against a Russian onslaught in Bakhmut as both Kyiv and Moscow appear unwilling to give up a town that has become symbolic of the war’s brutality. After signaling a potential retreat last week, Ukrainian troops have yet to withdraw and are still holding onto their fortified positions in the center of…

US deploys B-52 bomber for joint drill with South Korea

The U.S. and South Korea conducted an air training exercise on Monday and deployed a B-52 long-range bomber plane in the skies of the Korean Peninsula, according to South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense. The Ministry of National Defense posted a video of the combined air drills on Twitter and Youtube. The Boeing-built B-52H strategic…

US announces new $400 million Ukraine security aid package

The U.S. on Friday announced a $400 million security aid package for Ukraine, providing more ammunition, equipment and munitions for Kyiv in its fight against Russia. The State Department said the latest package includes munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and howitzer artillery guns, as well as ammunition for the Bradley Infantry…

US sanctions 6 individuals over arrest of prominent Russian activist

The Biden administration on Friday sanctioned six people the U.S. has associated with the arrest and detention last year of Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian pro-democracy activist who has been jailed since April for his opposition to the war in Ukraine. The sanctioned individuals include three Russian government officials accused of overseeing Kara-Murza’s detention, including Russian…

US, South Korea announce largest military drill in years

U.S. and South Korean forces later this month will hold the largest joint military drills in the Korean peninsula in five years, as tensions remain high with neighboring North Korea. The 11-day exercises will start March 13 and will include simulations as well as live demonstrations in the sea and air, and on land, U.S….

DOJ: No immunity for Trump in Jan. 6 lawsuits

Welcome to The Hill’s Defense & NatSec newsletter {beacon} Defense & National Security Defense & National Security  The Big Story  Trump can face civil suits tied to Jan. 6, DOJ says The Biden administration declined to back the former president’s argument that he should be immune from those lawsuits. © AP Former President Trump is…

Bakhmut on the brink as Ukraine signals retreat

Ukrainian officials are signaling a potential retreat from the embattled town of Bakhmut, which would give Russia a symbolic victory and deliver Moscow its largest advance in months but wouldn’t significantly change the dynamic of the wider war, experts told The Hill. A top Ukrainian presidential adviser hinted at a potential withdrawal on Tuesday, telling CNN…

Lawmakers press Pentagon on who is tracking US weapons in Ukraine

A senior Defense Department official on Tuesday said U.S. weapons and munitions in Ukraine are not being systemically misused after House lawmakers raised concerns on proper oversight of the billions of dollars in security aid flowing to Kyiv. Colin Kahl, the Pentagon’s under secretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Committee it has…

US marks one year of Russia-Ukraine war

  Welcome to The Hill’s Defense & NatSec newsletter {beacon}     Defense &National Security     Defense &National Security     The Big Story  US unveils new security aid package for Ukraine The Treasury Department also sanctioned dozens of individuals and entities accused of supporting Russia’s war. © AP The Biden administration marked the…