8 June 2023   (Politico)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said June 7 that his country was not responsible for sabotage the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea last September. He was responding to reports that a European security service had advised the Central Intelligence Agency of a Ukrainian-backed plot which was put on hold. “I am president and I give orders accordingly,” Zelenskyy said. “Nothing of the sort has been done by Ukraine; I would never act that
8 June 2023   (Politico)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces are shooting at Ukrainian rescuers in flood-struck areas of occupied Kherson after the Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River was sabotaged June 6.. Dozens of communities on the Ukrainian-held and Russian-occupied sides of the river have been affected.
8 June 2023   (Defense One)
After video shot from a Canadian frigate in the Taiwan Strait showed a Chinese warship manoeuvering close to a U.S. destroyer recently, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations says his ships must stay “in the way” to enforce the right to safe passage in international waters. “We can’t just be milling about,” Admiral Mike Gilday said June 7. “We are operating in accordance with international law, under, on, and above the sea so that others can too.”
7 June 2023   (Breaking Defense)
Less than three years after receiving the equivalent of US$39 million in funding, a consortium of 13 entities in seven European countries has delivered a common-architecture Modular Unmanned Ground System to the European Commission. “This project set a great example of cooperation and high-level results which we can expect also from coming European Defence Fund Projects,” an official in the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments said in a statement issued June 6 by Tallin-based Milrem Robotics.
7 June 2023   (CP)
As of June 6, a total 424 wildfires were burning across Canada, more than 250 of which are considered out of control. This is according to a briefing by seven federal cabinet ministers who said the current fire situation, being fought by civilian and military responders, is one of the most severe on record and that the long-range forecast is for continued abnormal fire activity.
7 June 2023   (Breaking Defense)
Iran’s assertion that will establish a naval alliance with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations “defies reason,” says a U.S. Navy officer with the 34-nation Combined Maritime Forces fleet, which includes rotations of Canadian warships and aircraft. “The number one cause of regional instability claims it wants […] to protect the very waters it threatens,” says Commander Tim Hawkins, pointing out that Iran has attacked or seize 15 internationally-flagged merchant ships in the past two years.
6 June 2023   (Defense News)
Video shot from aboard HMCS Montreal during a recent transit of the Taiwan Strait with a U.S. destroyer shows a Chinese warship cutting close across the destroyer’s bow. Defending the tactic, China’s defence minister Li Shangfu says other countries should “mind your own business.”
6 June 2023   (Breaking Defense)
The U.S. Army has pulled the plug on a six-year experiment with autonomous truck convoys, conceived as a way to keep troops out of harm’s way. Oshkosh Defense in Wisconsin and Robotic Research in Maryland have been contracted to wind down the project as the Army reconsiders its options.
6 June 2023   (NY Times)
The Kakhovka dam and hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine, which feeds coolant water to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, was breached by an apparent explosion June 5. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blamed Russia, which took control last year of the facility on the Dnipro River near Kherson, for a “terrorist” act which has caused widespread flooding.
5 June 2023   (Military Times)
Fighter jets and U.S. tanks promised to Ukraine won’t be ready for a spring counteroffensive against Russia, says General Mark Milley, Chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. While training on M1 Abrams tanks has just begun, training on allies’ F-16s is still being negotiated and Milley’s French counterpart says upgrading Ukraine’s capabilities is a mid-to-long-term goal