President Biden sends more ammo and money to the Ukraine…
The US turns to help Sweden get into the NATO…That maybe a empty promise….Turkey and Hungry are looking for the Swede’s to change some of their foreign policy first…..
The Defense Sec says some people HAVE to be able to see classified stuff to do their jobs….
Some Ukraine people side with Russia…..
The Wagner Group troops are taking over more and more of Bakhmut…..
Russian diplomats are working Africa and Latin America in it’s search for friends against the US and trhe West….
Zelendsky speaks to House GOP Speaker about military assistance and brought up F-16’s again….
The Biden administration is moving to shore up Ukrainian munitions and logistical supplies in advance of an expected counteroffensive. Here is what we’re covering.
The new U.S. aid package includes more than 9 million rounds of small-arms munitions.
A flash of light over Kyiv prompts sirens and anxiety.
Ukrainian survivors of Russia’s occupation give harrowing testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
An E.U. proposal offers help to European farmers affected by Ukrainian grain shipments.
The U.S. will ‘work hard’ to secure Sweden’s NATO membership, says defense secretary.
Zelensky visits a region of Ukraine that borders Belarus and Poland in his latest trip out of Kyiv.
Austin defends giving young service members access to classified data…..
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday titled “Holding Russian Kleptocrats and Human Rights Violators Accountable for their Crimes Against Ukraine.” In his opening statement, the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), invoked the importance of “defending an American legacy” of bringing war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice — a legacy that started with the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, he said. “As a result of glaring gaps in our criminal laws, many human rights violators have evaded justice. Some have even — shockingly — found safe haven on American soil,” Durbin said, urging his colleagues to enact a crime-against-humanity statute, which would close legal loopholes that prevent the United States from being able to federally prosecute many war criminals.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he spoke with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about his country’s “defense needs and capabilities,” and said he “raised the issue of F-16” fighter jets. The United States has been reluctant to provide Kyiv with the warplanes, and President Biden said in January that he would not send the jets. Zelensky again invited McCarthy — whose party includes influential members who are averse to continued U.S. assistance — to visit Ukraine.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Turkey to make a decision about Sweden’s accession to NATO “sooner versus later,” as Turkey and Hungary continue to block the process. Austin said he “won’t second-guess” Turkey’s leadership or “predict” when it will decide. Speaking with his Swedish counterpart at Musko naval base, Austin said he was “confident” that Sweden will join the defense alliance before a NATO summit in July.
- The United Nations has lodged a formal complaint with the United States over its apparent bugging of Secretary General António Guterres’s office, made evident in intelligence documents among those leaked on the chat app Discord. In a written protest, “we have made it clear that such actions are inconsistent with the obligations of the United States” as host of U.N. headquarters in New York, Guterres spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a Tuesday briefing. The leaked documents, taken from top-secret intercepts of Guterres’s private interactions with aides and foreign leaders, “were basically distorted summaries of the secretary general’s conversations,” Dujarric said.
- Jean-Pierre said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Monday trip to occupied regions in Ukraine “seems like an indication that they know things aren’t going well for Russia. They know that. Mr. Putin seems to know that very clearly.” She added in her Wednesday briefing that he is “likely trying to shore up his own populace,” given that his military is “underperforming and struggling.”
- South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said he is open to sending military aid in case of a large-scale attack on civilians in Ukraine. Yoon told Reuters that under certain extreme scenarios, including a “massacre or serious violation of the laws of war, it might be difficult for us to insist only on humanitarian or financial support.” The statement marked a potential shift, as Yoon had maintained that his government’s policy prohibits sending lethal aid to nations at war. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov criticized what he called Seoul’s “unfriendly stance” and said that sending weapons would “indirectly mean a certain stage of involvement in this conflict.”
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov continued his diplomatic tour of Latin America, meeting Wednesday with leaders of Nicaragua after stopping by Venezuela the previous day. Lavrov and Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro reaffirmed their intention to more closely coordinate together “in the interests of … creating a more just polycentric international order, and maintaining global stability and security,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a release.
- Swedish vodka brand Absolut said it would immediately halt exports to Russia. The reversal came amid backlash after Absolut’s owner told Agence France-Pressethis month that it had resumed exports after halting them last year following the invasion.
- Poland’s prime minister said Warsaw has reached an agreement allowing Ukrainian grain to be transported across its borders, although the goods are still not allowed to remain in the country. Poland has expressed concern that cheap Ukrainian grain could hurt its domestic producers.
- The United States charged four Americans over their roles in an alleged campaign to push pro-Kremlin propaganda and influence U.S. politics. They are accused of working for a Russian operative who had sought to promote the invasion of Ukraine.
- Disinformation is a “major element” of Russia’s war strategy, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. But this strategy comes in different forms, it added — including “narrative laundering, whereby Russia promotes information from proxies, or unverified social media sources, which then permeates to more mainstream or state-run media.” The goal is to obscure the fact that the original information comes from Russian state actors to make it more credible. “Their current priorities almost certainly include discrediting the Ukrainian government and reducing international support for Ukraine,” the ministry said.
- Russian forces are making gains in Bakhmut, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War think tank said, citing Russian and Ukrainian military sources in their assessment. The Russian Defense Ministry said forces of the Wagner mercenary group have advanced into the eastern city, which has been the site of a fierce, months-long battle for control. According to the ISW, Ukrainian authorities have said that Russian forces are stepping up attacks on Bakhmut and are not running out of artillery ammunition. Ukrainian service members have complained of shortages on the front line….
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