The Atlas Newsletter Revival - Volume 1

The Atlas Newsletter returns to you for weekly international updates!

Good morning everyone,

It's been quite some time since the last newsletter was dropped. Almost a year, in fact. We had some things we had to work out and test some major overhauls to our system, however, it is with the utmost excitement that I can now declare that the Atlas Newsletter is back and a regular expectation. Don't forget to add us to your email list so as to avoid us landing in your spam folder!

That being said, it's been an eventful year for both The Atlas News and for the world itself. The war in Ukraine continues to escalate, South and Central America have been rocked by protests and corruption scandals, China battles COVID and it's neighbors, while the West remains politically fractured and economically unstable.

All in all, just another day at the office. So let's dive in:- Joshua Paulo, Sebastien Gray, & the Atlas team


Saturday, January 28th, 2022: The United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and several other western nations have decided to send advanced heavy armor to Ukraine, in the form of main battle tanks. These are to include the M1 Abrams, the Leopard II, and the Challenger II, all with proven battle records throughout the wars in the Middle East. The timing coincides with the expectation that a major Russian offensive will occur during spring, with President Zelenskyy declaring the need for tanks is necessary to holding off the Russians. 

The move, however, has been marked by controversy and speculation as experts call into question how much tanks will help the Ukrainians or if the extensive maintenance and logistical needs of such heavy equipment is something Ukraine can sustain. It's also been a bit of a political nightmare with President Biden openly reversing his decision to send tanks, Germany resisting efforts to provide their Leopards, and Russia announcing the West's decision is a de-facto declaration of war.

Needless to say, the decision is not one taken lightly by experts or government officials and is surely one to drastically affect the course of the war and reaffirms the West's commitment to Ukraine, as well as acts as a strong bulwark and deterrent to Russia. Next, its speculated, Ukraine will ask for advanced aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, something Lockheed Martin has already begun to prepare for. 


January 25th, 2023 - Ukraine has admitted to losing the crucial town of Soledar. Soledar was the scene of some brutal fighting for the past several months, and the successful Russian advance now opens Bakhmut to another lane of attack. 

January 25th, 2023 - Spain has arrested a suspect connected to the letter-bomb attacks in the nation from November-December of 2022. They have not released a motive. 

January 27th, 2023 - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated intention to veto any EU attempt at sanctioning Russia’s nuclear industry. They have a deal with Russian company Rosatom to expand a Soviet built nuclear plant. 

Middle East

January 28th, 2023 - Israel launched attacks on several sites in Iran using commercially available drones. Though the roof of an Ammunition depot in Isfahan was damaged, no major damage was reported. 

January 26th-27th, 2023 - Israel and various Palestinian militant groups traded attacks. Largely beginning with an Israeli raid in Jenin, and ending with a shooting at a synagogue in Jerusalem that left 7 dead. 

January 27th, 2023 - Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Tehran, Iran, was attacked by a man with an AK-47. One person was killed with two injured. The attacker was taken into custody. 


January 24th, 2023 - Rwanda fired at a Congolese jet that they allege had violated their airspace. The incident took place in the DRC border city of Goma. 

January 23rd, 2023 - Burkina Faso announces that France must withdraw from the country within a month as they end military cooperation with France. 

January 20th, 2023 - After a series of reportedly successful Somali government offensives, Somalia’s government claimed they killed over 100 Al-Shabaab militants that were attacking a military base in the Galgudud region. 

The Americas

January 28th, 2023 - Another protestor has been killed in Peru as the nations political crisis remains inflamed. Protests have been ongoing since early December, when now former President Pedro Castillo was arrested. The death toll is now between 50-60. 

January 28th, 2023 - Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis has announced that the Scorpion Police Unit, the unit responsible for the killing of Tyre Nichols, has been disbanded. Nichols was killed on January 10th from injuries he sustained during a traffic stop on January 7th, in which he was beaten. The bodycam footage of the beating was released on January 27th and has been met with nationwide protests. 

Asia and Oceania

January 27th, 2023 - Japan has announced additional sanctions on Russia, targeting 36 individuals and 52 organizations. They say the sanctions target goods that would assist Russia’s war effort, including generators, explosives, vaccines, and more.

January 28th, 2023 - The U.S. Marines have opened a new base in Guam. The base, the branch's first new one in 70 years, is an attempt at increasing US influence in the region to counter China’s ever growing influence. 

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