The latest news on the war in Ukraine shows that the U.S. government is providing the Ukrainian government with military support. President Biden has just approved nearly $14 billion in security aid for Ukraine, and some of this money has already been allocated. In addition, the State Department recently announced another $100 million to help Ukraine purchase Javelin missiles and other weaponry. This total security assistance has reached $1.7 billion since the war began on February 24.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine nears its end, the country is worried that civilians will be trapped for weeks and months. Ukraine has been warning its citizens to evacuate to safety and warned that the fighting could be brutal. Some officials have compared the fighting to the World War II battles. In the meantime, Ukraine is urging civilians in the east to leave the country. The war has already claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians.
Ukrainian officials have accused Russian troops of executing five men at a holiday camp in the eastern city of Bucha. One of the dead men was carrying documents. Sky News was one of the journalists who watched the corpses being dragged out. In addition, four of the men’s hands had been severed and their bodies were stuffed into black body bags and taken to a van. Despite the horrors in Bucha, Russian troops are denying any responsibility for the massacre.
On Tuesday, the United States reported that at least 20 percent of Russian forces in the region around Kyiv had left. However, many troops remained surrounded by Ukrainian military units. In addition, senior US officials said that Moscow continued to bombard the eastern Ukraine with air strikes. The U.S. also noted that Moscow was withdrawing 40,000 of its soldiers from Kyiv and Chernihiv, but it isn’t saying it has stopped. They are focusing on liberating the Donbas region, where rebels are holding the Ukrainian capital.
NATO’s foreign ministers met in Brussels this week to discuss ways to support the Ukrainian government in prosecuting the war. While the war is far from over, the alliance’s mission is to ensure that the Ukrainian government can defend its interests and its population. Meanwhile, the European Union has also been considering more sanctions against Russia, including a ban on Russian coal. This week’s meeting came amid renewed tensions in Ukraine.
On Monday, the Ukrainian government announced that it has reached an agreement with Russia over humanitarian corridors, which will help evacuate civilians from frontline hotspots in the eastern part of the country. However, there is still a long way to go before this can become reality. Meanwhile, the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is pressing Russia for further talks, and the Russian President signaled his focus on the disputed eastern region.
In addition to calling on Russia to deescalate, President Biden warned that the alliance would respond in force if Russian President Vladimir Putin used chemical weapons in the war zone. In addition, NATO leaders have agreed to strengthen their eastern flank defences. The UN demands increased humanitarian aid to Ukraine and access to civilians. The US and EU have also agreed to offer refuge to up to 100,000 Ukrainians. In addition to these developments, the UN has also requested that the Ukrainian government protect civilians.