Europe is bracing for a confrontation with Washington over a new law that encourages businesses to invest more in the U.S., an initiative European officials say threatens the region’s economy as it teeters on the verge of a recession.
While the war is far from over, here’s a look at what the Russian president already seems to have lost.
In Ukraine, the kind of European war thought inconceivable is chewing up the modest stockpiles of artillery, ammunition and air defenses of what some in NATO call Europe’s “bonsai armies,” after the tiny Japanese trees.
Russian forces are pounding Ukrainian positions with artillery fire and in the eastern region alone launched almost 400 strikes on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address.
The U.S. government is investigating reports that Russian missiles crossed into Poland and struck a grain facility near the border of Ukraine on Tuesday, killing two people.
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While the heavy fighting in Ukraine is concentrated in the east and south, the capital of Kyiv in the northcentral region and its surrounding areas are subjected to a different kind of assault — one relying on suffering and disruption as weapons.
Ukraine killed almost 13,000 Russian soldiers last month, the country's defence ministry has claimed. Meanwhile the UK Ministry of Defence has suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin is becoming increasingly reliant on ill-trained, ill-equipped, raw recruits eight months into the war.
For decades the strategy of the U.S. military was the ability to fight two wars simultaneously, but right now America would be hard pressed to be able to fight just one and as hard as this may be, the United States may even lose the next war if any conflict was fought today.