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U.S. announces additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on June 15 that members of the alliance will continue to send heavy weapons and long-range systems to Ukraine. (Video: Reuters)

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The United States plans to give another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine as that country’s forces endure a brutal pummeling from Russia in the eastern Donbas region, President Biden said Wednesday.

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The move comes in response to pleas from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for more cutting-edge weapons that can hold off Moscow’s more advanced military as the war approaches its four-month mark.

In the besieged city of Severodonetsk, Moscow’s troops are likely to focus their efforts on a small number of civilians and soldiers holed up in a chemical plant there, the British Defense Ministry said.

Here’s what else to know:

  • Two U.S. military veterans have gone missing in Ukraine, and it is feared they have been captured by Russian forces, family members of the missing Americans said.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron said that Zelensky “will have to negotiate with Russia at some point.”
  • A new poll found that more than a third of Europeans favor ending the conflict as soon as possible, even if Ukraine has to concede territory.
  • British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace argued that the West should focus on training “exhausted” and outgunned Ukrainian troops, rather than on giving Ukraine more weapons.
  • The annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, sometimes called the Davos of Russia, begins Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is slated to address the event Friday, but Western attendance will be minimal.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.
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