Russian Plane Collides With U.S. Drone; Poland May Send Fighter Jets To Ukraine

Russian Plane Collides With U.S. Drone; Poland May Send Fighter Jets To Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insisted on winning the battle for Bakhmut in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as questions remained about whether Ukraine should devote more manpower and resources to defending the besieged city.

“As always, today I was in touch with our commanders, with intelligence [officers]. “It is very difficult — very painful — in the east,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly address.

“We must destroy the enemy’s military power – and we will destroy it,” he said, adding that the defense of large and small settlements, such as Bilohorivka and Avdiivka, or Bakhmut and Vuhledar, could determine Ukraine’s future.

There are questions about the wisdom of defending Bakhmut, which is said to be almost completely surrounded by Russian forces and mercenary units.

According to Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov, Ukraine is losing reserves that will be used in planned counter offensives against Russian forces in late spring.

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Putin spoke after The New York Times, The Washington Post and German media published stories last week citing unidentified U.S. and other officials as saying there was evidence Ukraine, or at least Ukrainians, may have been responsible.

The Ukrainian government has denied involvemen

Investigators believe five men and a woman used a yacht hired by a Ukrainian-owned company in Poland to carry out the attack, according to Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper and German public broadcasters ARD and SWR. German federal prosecutors confirmed that a boat was searched in January but have not confirmed the reported findings.

Putin Rejected The Notion As “Sheer Nonsense.

“Such an explosion, so powerful and so deep, could only be carried out by experts backed by the entire potential of a state with relevant technologies,” he said on television.

The United States has launched an aggressive new campaign to inflict pain on Russia’s economy, particularly its oligarchs, in order to thwart the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

From the Treasury Department to the Justice Department, US officials will focus on efforts to legally liquidate the property of Russian oligarchs, expand financial penalties on those who facilitate sanctions evasion, and close legal loopholes that allow oligarchs to move through the US financial system using shell companies.

Andrew Adams, who heads the U.S. government’s KleptoCapture task force, designed to enforce the economic restrictions within the U.S. imposed on Russia and its billionaires, told The Associated Press that the group is prioritizing its efforts to identify those who help Russians evade sanctions and violate export controls.

“These illegal procurement networks will continue to consume an increasing amount of our bandwidth,” Adams, who also serves as acting deputy assistant attorney general, said.

According to a Treasury Department report released last week, more than $58 billion in sanctioned Russians’ assets have been blocked or frozen worldwide. That includes two luxury yachts each worth $300 million in San Diego and Fiji, and six New York and Florida properties worth $75 million owned by sanctioned oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, its two fighter planes did not collide with a US drone flying over the Black Sea.

According to a statement posted on Russia’s official Telegram channel, the drone was flying near the Crimean Peninsula with its transponders turned off when it went into “unguided flight” and crashed into the water.

According to State Department spokesman Ned Price, the US is in the process of summoning Russia’s Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to discuss the “egregious violation of international law.”

“We have engaged at high levels with our allies and partners in the first instance, to brief them on this incident and to let them know what we know,” Price said on a conference call with reporters.

“We are engaging directly with the Russians at senior levels again to convey our strong objections to this unsafe, unprofessional intercept that resulted in the downing of the unmanned US aircraft,” he added.

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