‘We will beat Russia,’ says Zelensky
Russia has warned more US weapons aiding the war in Ukraine will worsen the siege, issuing a direct threat to the war-hit country on the sidelines of Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington yesterday.
The flow of western weapon supplies to Ukraine has triggered “an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine,” warned the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov yesterday, adding that now Russia saw no chance of peace talks with Kyiv.
His remarks came just hours before Mr. Zelensky addressed the US Congress amid a rousing cheer and support for the nation under Russian invasion. The Ukrainian president was also seen holding back tears as all members of the US House gave him a standing ovation.
The high-level diplomatic visit between Mr Zelensky and Joe Biden has not gone down well with Russia which has warned that this will backfire.
And Mr Putin is now eyeing a new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile in the Russian military to replace the aging Soviet-era missile.
100,000 Russian soldiers killed in war, says Ukraine: ‘Grim jubilee’
Russia has lost 100,000 soldiers, including mobilized troops, during the war in Ukraine, the country’s defense ministry said.
This is more than the Soviet lost in Afghanistan and more than the US did in the entire Vietnam war.
The Ukrainian defense ministry took a jibe at the Russian defense minister’s announcement of awarding as many soldiers for fighting in the full-scale invasion.
“100,000 soldiers have been recognized with awards in 10 months of the full-scale war – russian #DefMin Sergei Shoigu. What an amazing coincidence,” the ministry said today, calling the elimination of a hundred thousand troops a ‘grim jubilee’.
Arpan Rai22 December 2022 05:30
GOP congressman accuses Biden of ‘fooling himself’ on Ukraine aid
A Republican congressman contended ahead of Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to Congress on Wednesday that Joe Biden was the biggest hurdle standing between Capitol Hill and Washington approving more aid to Ukraine.
In an interview with The IndependentRep Brian Mast of Florida argued that it was not his party that presented the greatest resistance to sending more aid to Ukraine, but rather faulted a supposed lack of strategy from the Biden administration.
“There’s a half-a**ed approach going on…what’s going on here?” Mr. Mast remarked. “The president is doing the sort of, the guise of saying, ‘we don’t want to be escalator.’ And that’s a very real thing when you’re talking about a situation where nobody can say that there’s a zero percent chance of nuclear war.”
“But he’s fooling himself if he thinks Patriot [missile] batteries are not escalatory, or isolating Russia is not escalatory, or arming [Ukraine] with anything from a 5.56 to a 7.62 round is [not escalatory],” the congressman continued.
John Bowden has the details.
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 05:00
Remains of seven civilians found in Kherson’s mass grave
Ukrainian authorities have found the bodies of seven civilians, including a teenage girl, in a mass grave in the Pravdyne village in Kherson, the country’s defense minister said.
The southern city was recaptured by Ukrainian troops in November from the Russian forces.
“They simply kill,” Oleksii Reznikov said.
As of yesterday, bodies of about 500 civilians who died during the Russian occupation have been found in the northeastern Kharkiv province.
Arpan Rai22 December 2022 04:53
WATCH: Biden says Russia is using ‘winter as a weapon’ during joint address with Zelensky
Joe Biden is accusing Vladimir Putin of deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure as winter continues in Ukraine, amounting to using “winter as a weapon.”
Biden says Russia is ‘using winter as a weapon’ to freeze and starve Ukrainians
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 04:00
More US weapons to Ukraine will inflame war, says Kremlin
Inflow of more US arms in the Ukraine war will stoke the conflict further, the Kremlin said yesterday.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the expansion of western weapon supplies to Ukraine has led to “an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine.”
This comes as Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will use lessons learned in the war to “develop our armed forces and strengthen the capability of our troops.”
The Russian president added that a special emphasis would go to developing nuclear forces, which he described as “the main guarantee of Russia’s sovereignty”, in a meeting with his top military brass.
Arpan Rai22 December 2022 03:46
Zelensky thanks speaker Pelosi for helping Ukraine ‘in all possible ways’
Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked house speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the Congress.
“Met with speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi. Thank you for your leadership in providing support to #Ukraine & the #Ukrainian people in all possible ways. It is a great honor to be here to address the Congress and all Americans,” he said in a tweet shared by the Ukrainian ministry of foreign affairs.
Arpan Rai22 December 2022 03:29
What will Zelensky visiting Washington and Putin going to Minsk mean for the war in Ukraine?
Two international visits this week are strong indicators that the Ukraine war is unlikely to end anytime soon, and another round of prolonged and bloody fighting is expected to unfold in the near future.
At the same time, Vladimir Putin has met with Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk as reports persist that the Kremlin may try to use Belarus again as a launchpad for its next offensive, with yet another attempt to capture Kyiv and impose regime change.
The proposed US aid package is more than the $37bn requested by President Joe Biden, and shows continuing commitment to Ukraine in the war, something which may have been diluted if the Republicans had made more gains in last month’s midterm elections and there had been an infusion of Donald Trump-backed candidates.
Kim Sengupta unpacks what comes next.
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 03:00
Schumer urges show of support for Ukraine with spending bill
The Senate inched closer to passing a $1.7 trillion government funding bill Wednesday with supporters pointing to a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the evening as another reason to advance the measure in a show of support for the beleaguered nation.
The measure includes $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies, above even President Joe Biden’s emergency request, and ensures that funding flows to the war effort for months to come. The measure would also boost US defense spending by about 10% to $858 billion, addressing concerns from some lawmakers that more investment in the nation’s military is needed to ensure America’s security.
The Senate could approve the bill as soon as Wednesday. The House will then have to take it up and pass the measure before midnight Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the floor Wednesday urging colleagues to vote for the measure, although they emphasized different priorities.
Kevin Freking has the details.
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 02:00
Zelensky invokes US fighting in Battle of the Bulge as he insists Ukraine is ‘alive and kicking’ in address to Congress
Ukraine’s president delivered a stirring address conveying gratitude to Americans and asking for their support ahead of what he depicted as an especially brutal winter during his address to Congress Wednesday evening.
Volodymyr Zelensky spoke for roughly half an hour, with his remarks punctuated by several breaks for standing ovations and supportive interjections from the lawmakers assembled for his remarks.
At one particularly moving point of his address, the Ukrainian president likened the struggle of his countrymen to the vicious fighting that American troops experienced in western Europe near the end of the second World War, as German forces mounted a last-ditch offensive that came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.
“They burn down and destroy everything they see,” he said of advancing Russian forces. “They threw everything against us, similar to the other tyranny which is in the Battle of the Bulge.”
John Bowden has the details from Washington.
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 01:45
Ukrainian delegation shouts ‘God bless America!’ during Zelensky’s speech
American lawmakers weren’t the only ones moved by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to Congress.
During the leader’s remarks this evening, the Ukrainian delegation who traveled with him could be seen shouting, “God bless America!”
Josh Marcus22 December 2022 01:17