The coalition has agreed to increase the number of its troops on high readiness from 40,000 to 300,000 and strengthen the defenses of its eastern flank.
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has met with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv to help restart peace talks with Russia and explore ways to free up food exports to global markets.
- Kyiv said 144 Ukrainian soldiers, including dozens of defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol, were released in a prisoner swap with Moscow.
- NATO has agreed to raise more than 300,000 troops from 40,000 to high readiness starting in 2023, a new military lineup similar to NATO’s Cold War posture.
Here are the latest updates:
NATO’s massive military buildup stands ready to confront long-term threat from Russia
NATO has agreed to raise more than 300,000 troops from 40,000 to high readiness starting in 2023, a new military lineup aimed at better countering Russia, which the alliance has named as its top threat.
The move replaces the NATO Response Force, which for years was the first to respond to a Russian attack or other crisis. The new model is similar to how NATO forces were organized during the Cold War. At the time, specific allies were assigned to defend specific areas of the East-West German border.
“Today, NATO leaders have decided to fundamentally transform our defenses and deterrence in response to new security realities,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters, adding that NATO would bring its “in the coalition” The battle group in the east was raised to the brigade level”. “
A brigade has about 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers, while a battalion — the unit that used to form a battle group — usually has 300 to 1,000 soldiers.
Biden thanks Erdogan for NATO deal on Finland, Sweden
US President Joe Biden thanks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan come to an agreement Finland and Sweden paved the way for the two Nordic countries to soon become NATO candidates.
Biden, speaking briefly ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, also thanked Erdogan for his efforts to help Ankara get food out of Ukraine. Erdogan said he hoped diplomacy would help resolve Ukraine’s grain exports.
Canada to lead efforts to form ‘combatable’ brigades in Latvia: minister
Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said Canada had signed an agreement to work with Latvian and NATO partners to lead the formation of “combatable” brigades in Latvia.
“This is a joint commitment by the Government of Canada and Latvia to work with our allies to advance and augment troops at brigade level in Latvia,” Anand told reporters, adding that details about the exact number of troops had yet to be determined.
“We will be sending additional troops with our allies, but we need to have a conversation about how many additional troops will be sent to each of the 10 member states of the enhanced forward presence battle group,” Anand said.
Indonesian president proposes to ‘send a message’ to Putin from Ukraine
Indonesian President Joko Widodo offered to “send a message” to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sought to boost hopes for peace.
“Although it is difficult to achieve, I expressed the importance of a peaceful solution. I proposed to convey President Zelensky’s message to President Putin and I will meet soon,” Widodo said.
He also confirmed Indonesia’s contribution to Kyiv’s medical and infrastructure assistance.
Jokowi arrived in Kyiv by train from Poland on Wednesday morning. He also visited the town of Irpin in Ukraine where Russian soldiers are suspected of committing atrocities. Moscow denies the allegations.
IAEA loses transmissions from nuclear power plant held by Russia in Ukraine
The United Nations’ atomic energy watchdog said it had again lost contact with its surveillance system, which tracks nuclear material at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest, which the watchdog wanted to examine.
“The fact that our remote safeguards data transmission has dropped again – for the second time in the past month – only adds to the urgency to dispatch this mission[to Zaporozhye],” the IAEA said in a statement Wednesday. sex.” It added that the connection was cut off Saturday “due to the disruption of the facility’s communications system”.
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