WARSAW, Poland – A top aide to Polish President Andrzej Duda said Duda and the heads of state of the three Baltic states had arrived in Ukraine, ahead of talks on material aid to the country invaded by Russia.
Duda chief of staff Paul Szrut said Wednesday that Duda, “together with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, are currently on the territory of Ukraine. They are traveling to Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.”
He did not give details for security reasons.
Szrut said Duda brings “symbolic support, with political support and for talks on material support,” adding that the four countries “provide support to Ukraine of a humanitarian nature and not necessarily of a humanitarian nature.”
These countries, all of which are on the borders of Russia or its stronghold of Kaliningrad, supply Ukraine with weapons that they call “defensive”.
Pictures of the four presidents boarding a train and then gathering around a table as they travel were posted on their social media.
In a tweet on Twitter, Estonian President Alar Karis said: “We are visiting Ukraine to show strong support for the Ukrainian people, and we will meet our dear friend President Zelensky.”
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Russia says more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered in the besieged southeastern port of Mariupol.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General. Igor Konashenkov said 1,026 soldiers of the 36th Ukrainian Marine Brigade had surrendered at a metallurgical plant in the city.
Russian forces moved into Mariupol in late February, and units in the city began to run short of supplies.
Konashenkov said 1,026 Ukrainian marines, including 162 officers and 47 women, and 151 wounded received medical treatment.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Aristovich did not comment on the alleged mass surrender, but said in a Twitter post that elements of the 36th Marine Brigade were able to link up with other Ukrainian forces in the city as a result of a “risky maneuver”.
ROME – Pope Francis said his claim shortly after becoming pope in 2013 that World War Three was “cut into pieces” afflicting the world is more realistic than ever. In an article published Wednesday in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Francis wrote that he had never thought a year ago, while performing the Hajj in Iraq, that war would break out in Europe.
Francis writes that the many wars being fought around the world seem so far away that “almost unexpectedly, war breaks out near us. Ukraine is attacked and invaded.”
The Pope also lamented the shortness of people’s memories. “Yes, because if we have a memory, let us remember what our grandparents and our fathers told us, and we will feel the need for peace as our lungs need oxygen.”
Francis called the war “a cancer that feeds itself by ravaging everything.” He denounced that women, children and the elderly are “forced to live underground to escape the bombs.”
The way to uproot “hate from the heart”, Francis said, is through “dialogue, negotiations, listening, diplomatic capacity, creativity, and long-term policies capable of building a new coexistence order that is no longer based on weapons of deterrence.”
A senior Treasury official said on Tuesday the United States and its allies are pressing ahead with sanctions aimed at forcing Vladimir Putin to spend Russia’s money to prop up its economy rather than maintaining a “war machine” to fight in Ukraine.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Ademo, one of the main US coordinators on Russia’s sanctions strategy, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the goal is to make Russia “less able to project its power in the future.”
On the same day that inflation hit its largest increase in decades, Adeemo said reducing supply chain backlogs and managing the pandemic are key to bringing down the high prices he has linked to the ongoing land war in Ukraine, which has contributed to rising energy costs.
Ademo discussed the next steps the United States and its allies would take to inflict financial pain on Russia—and the repercussions the war would have on rising costs for Americans back home.
Ademo said the US and its allies would then target the supply chains that contribute to building Russia’s war machine, which includes “everything from seeking ways to go after military hardware created for use not only in Ukraine, but to a project of force elsewhere.”
Kyiv, Ukraine – More than 720 people have been killed in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs that have been occupied by Russian forces, the Interior Ministry said early Wednesday. More than 200 are considered missing.
In Posha alone, Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk said that 403 bodies had been found and that the death toll could rise as minesweepers comb the area.
On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it was also studying the events in the Brovary region to the northeast.
Authorities said the bodies of six civilians with gunshot wounds were found in a basement in the village of Shevchenkov and Russian forces were believed to be responsible.
On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin vowed to continue Russia’s bloody offensive in Ukraine until its goals are achieved, insisting that the campaign is going as planned, despite a major withdrawal in the face of fierce Ukrainian opposition and heavy losses.
A senior US defense official said, on Tuesday, that the Biden administration is preparing for another, more diversified military support package, likely totaling $750 million, to be announced in the coming days.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that have not yet been publicly announced.
The additional assistance is a sign that the administration intends to continue expanding its support for Ukraine’s war effort.
The delivery of $800 million in military aid approved by President Joe Biden just one month ago is due to be completed this week.
– This was reported by Associated Press writer Robert Burns.
Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukrainian officials have said that fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, the former leader of a pro-Russian opposition party and a close partner of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has been detained in a special operation carried out by the State Security secretariat. Services.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested in his nightly video address to the nation that Russia could win Medvedchuk’s freedom by trading Ukrainians now held in Russian prisons.
Ivan Bakanov, head of Ukraine’s National Security Service, said on the agency’s Telegram channel that Medvedchuk had been arrested.
The statement came shortly after Zelensky posted on social media a photo of Medvedchuk sitting handcuffed and wearing a camouflage uniform with the Ukrainian flag.
Medvedchuk was the former leader of the pro-Russian opposition platform – For Life. He was held under house arrest before the start of the war and disappeared shortly after the outbreak of hostilities.
Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter.
Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to the world on Tuesday to respond to Russia’s use of a poisonous substance in Mariupol.
Zelensky said in his nightly video address to The Nation on Tuesday.
Phosphorous munitions cause horrific burns but are not classified as chemical weapons.
Zelensky said experts are still trying to determine what was used in Mariupol.
Zelensky said that in addition to the Bucha killings, other evidence of the “inhuman cruelty” of Russian soldiers towards women and children appeared in other Kyiv suburbs and other cities in the north and east.
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