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The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.

Russia to deploy nuclear-armed drone torpedo

- The Washington Times

Russia’s navy later this year will deploy a drone torpedo armed with a megaton-class nuclear warhead capable of destroying entire cities or ports, according to the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

- Associated Press

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests.

Defenders’ fate uncertain as Ukraine abandons Mariupol fortress

- The Washington Times

The strategically key southeastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol appeared to fall to Russian forces on Tuesday, a rare breakthrough for Moscow as its forces remain largely bogged down in much of the country after nearly three months of hard fighting, according to Western intelligence assessments.

Reversing Trump, Biden acts to deploy U.S. troops to Somalia

Associated Press

President Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by President Donald Trump’s late-term decision to withdraw forces from the country.

Mariupol fighters in Russian hands; both sides claim wins

- Associated Press

Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters, including wounded men carried out on stretchers, left the vast steel plant in Mariupol where they mounted a dogged last stand and turned themselves over to Russian hands, signaling the beginning of the end of a siege that became a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance to Moscow’s invasion.

Putin’s troubled war sees battlefield, diplomatic reverses

- The Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nearly 3-month-old invasion of neighboring Ukraine suffered reverses on the battlefield and in the halls of power Sunday as long-neutral Finland said it would apply to join the NATO military alliance and neighboring Sweden signaled it wouldn’t be far behind.

Greece grants U.S. troops access to military bases

- The Washington Times

U.S. troops will have access to Greek military bases for five years after the country extended a bilateral military agreement, saying it was necessary to stabilize a region roiled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Biden looks to nudge ASEAN leaders to speak out on Russia

- Associated Press

President Biden is looking to nudge Southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the issue continues to be a delicate one for many members of the region’s 10-country alliance with deep ties to Moscow.

How Putin’s war in Ukraine has backfired spectacularly

- The Washington Times

ANALYSIS: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was designed to topple the government in Kyiv, fracture NATO and cement Moscow’s status as a fearsome 21st-century military machine and an irreplaceable energy kingpin that could use its oil and gas reserves to bully Europe.

Russia pounds Ukraine’s vital port of Odesa, Mariupol plant

- Associated Press

Russian forces pounded away at the vital port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, as part of an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and weapons shipments. On the other end of the southern coast, they hammered a steel plant where Ukrainian fighters are denying Moscow full control of another critical port.

Russia marks WWII victory overshadowed by Ukraine

Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday sought to cast Moscow’s military action in Ukraine as a forced response to Western policies and a necessary move to ward off a potential aggression.

AP evidence points to 600 dead in Mariupol theater airstrike

- Associated Press

She stood in just her bathrobe in the freezing basement of the Mariupol theater, coated in white plaster dust shaken loose by the explosion. Her husband tugged at her to leave and begged her to cover her eyes.

North Korea fires ballistic missile amid rising animosities

- Associated Press

North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to speed up the development of his nuclear weapons “at the fastest possible pace” and threatened to use them against rivals.

Aid workers prep stretchers, toys for Mariupol evacuees

- Associated Press

Aid workers prepared hot food, wheelchairs and toys Tuesday for civilians slowly making their way to relative safety from the pulverized remnants of a steel plant in the city of Mariupol, besieged for months by Russian forces.

Pelosi thanks Poland for Ukraine support, meets president

- Associated Press

A top-level U.S. congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Warsaw on Monday to express gratitude to Poland for their humanitarian and other support for Ukraine.