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FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as they attend a joint press conference, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 22, 2023.

REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo

Canada shows Kyiv the money

Defense officials say Ottawa will inject CA$30 million into a push to buy ammunition, working with Czechia, aka the Czech Republic, to get artillery shells into the hands of Ukrainian soldiers. Allies are being urged to step up since US funding lapsed – and in the wake of Ukraine’s withdrawal from Avdiivka amid heavy losses.

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An AI-generated image of swarming drones.

Courtesy of Midjourney

Robots are coming to a battlefield near you

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing everything – from education, health care, and banking, to how we wage war. By simplifying military tasks, improving intelligence-gathering, and fine-tuning weapons accuracy — all of which could make wars less deadly – AI is redefining our concept of modern military might.

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Cartridges lie on the flags of Russia and North Korea.

IMAGO/Christian Ohde

North Korea keeps shipping, Russia keeps shooting

For 20 months now, Russia has been shelling Ukraine nonstop — sometimes as often as 80,000 times a day. But even as the war grinds into a deepening stalemate, Western intelligence officials say the Kremlin still has the firepower to keep pounding Ukraine at least through the end of next year.

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File Photo: The South Korea and U.S. alliance fired eight combined surface-to-surface missiles ATACMS into the East Sea in response to North Korea multiple ballistic missile (SRBM) provocation from around 4:45 p.m on June 6, 2022.

SOUTH KOREA MND/EYEPRESS via Reuters

Did the Ukrainians just use ATACMS?

Ukrainian officials have pleaded with Washington for months to provide its military with so-called Army Tactical Missile Systems, widely known as ATACMS, to hit important Russian targets deep behind enemy lines. It appears the US has now sent a small number of these missiles – and Ukraine claims that it used them on the battlefield on Tuesday to big effect. Its Special Operations Forces say they destroyed nine Russian helicopters, an air defense launcher, and an ammunition depot, with multiple Russian casualties.

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Viktor Bout is escorted by Thai police as he arrives at a criminal court in Bangkok in 2010.

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Meet the Merchant of Death

WNBA star Brittney Griner has now landed in the United States after Russia agreed to free her from a nine-year prison term for drug possession in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian citizen and notorious arms dealer known as the "Merchant of Death." Who is he, and why is he worth so much to Moscow that Vladimir Putin agreed to trade such a prized bargaining chip as Griner to get him back?

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Luisa Vieira

The Graphic Truth: Ukraine's long-range Western arsenal

For months, Ukraine has been resisting the Russian invasion in no small part due to a steady supply of arms from Western nations, led by the US and its NATO allies. This includes long-range weapons, which allow the Ukrainians to strike Russian targets from a distance — crucial to keeping enemy forces away and stalling their advance. But the West has also been careful to avoid giving Ukraine its most high-tech toys, wary that it might push the Russians to escalate and perhaps even go nuclear. Still, Kyiv's arsenal is definitely a match for Moscow's. We look at the most effective long-range weapons supplied to Ukraine by the West.

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