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    US and Allies Load Ukraine with Armor and Weapons Ahead of Expected Russian Offensive

    US and Allies Load Ukraine with Armor and Weapons Ahead of Expected Russian Offensive

    The U.S. and allied countries around the world are sending armored vehicles, advanced defenses and billions of dollars in other weapons to in hopes of quickly bolstering its forces ahead of a potential Russian offensive later this year.

    The latest tranche of American aid was unveiled Thursday, including a brigade's worth of armored Stryker vehicles, and was valued at $2.5 billion — following a $3 billion package with Bradley Fighting Vehicles on Jan. 6. Defense leaders from about 50 countries huddled at Ramstein Air in Germany on Friday to discuss the aid and the path forward.

    is regrouping, recruiting, and trying to re-equip,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who attended with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, told the gathering, according to a transcript of his speech. “This is not a moment to slow down. It's a time to dig deeper.”

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    The 11-month-old war may be approaching a crucial inflection point as intelligence points to Russia working and planning to rebuild its military and national industrial base — essentially putting what President Vladimir Putin has called a special military operation onto a true war footing.

    Analysts say Putin is likely setting up a major offensive that aims to turn the tide of the war and reclaim territory lost to Ukraine in a series of embarrassing…

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