US lawmakers visit Kyiv with message: ‘America stands firmly with Ukraine’
A US congressional delegation visited Ukraine on Sunday, its first since Russia’s invasion of the country in February.
“Our delegation traveled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and vocal message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” the group said in a statement.
Lawmakers met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, who posted a visit to their meeting on Telegram.
“He conveyed the clear need for continued security, economic, and humanitarian assistance from the United States to address the devastating human toll inflicted on the Ukrainian people by Putin’s demonic invasion—and our delegation proudly conveyed the message that additional U.S. support is on the way, as we work to turn President Biden’s robust funding request into a package. Legislative,” the statement continued.
The delegation consisted of Chairman Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Jim McGovern, Chairman Gregory Mix, Chairman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Bill Keating, and Congresswoman Jason Crow. All members, Bar Lee and Keating, entered Ukraine.
They are now in Poland and are due to visit the country’s capital, Warsaw.
– Katrina Bishop
The UK says Russia wants to impose “strong political and economic influence” on Kherson
A Ukrainian soldier stands outside a school hit by Russian missiles in a village in southern Ukraine. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia has been seeking to legitimize its control of Kherson since seizing it in March.
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Russia is introducing its currency in the Ukrainian city of Kherson as of today, according to British Ministry of Defense.
In its latest intelligence update on Twitter, the ministry said Russia has been seeking to legitimize its control of the city since capturing it in March and looking to exert “strong political and economic influence” in the region.
The tweet said: “Recent statements from this administration include declaring the return of Ukrainian control ‘impossible’ and declaring a four-month transfer of the currency from the Ukrainian hryvnia to the Russian ruble. The Russian ruble is scheduled to be used in Kherson as of today”.
Kherson is a strategically important port city for Russia, just over 100 kilometers from Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The United Kingdom added that “permanent control of Kherson and its transmission lines will increase Russia’s ability to continue its advance to the north and west and improve the security of Russia’s control of Crimea.”
Russia’s state-controlled media also claimed on Sunday that Ukrainian “nationalists” bombed the villages of Kiselivka and Shiroka Balka in the Kherson region. These claims cannot be independently verified by NBC.
separately , The Kyiv Independent reported this weekend Mobile and Internet services were closed in the Kherson Territory (or administrative district).
– Katrina Bishop
Nancy Pelosi visits Kyiv
President Volodymyr Zelensky said he met Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in the Ukrainian capital.
Zelensky posted a video on Telegram showing their meeting and shaking hands, and described the United States as a “pioneer in strong support” for Ukraine.
“Meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Kyiv. The United States is a leader in firmly supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping protect our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity!” Books, according to an NBC translation.
– Katrina Bishop
‘Every Russian soldier can still save his life’: Zelensky urges invading forces not to fight
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky turned to Russian in his nightly video address to urge Russian soldiers not to fight in Ukraine, saying even their generals expected thousands of them to die.
He said Russia is recruiting new forces with “little motivation and little combat experience” for units destroyed during the first weeks of the war so that those units can be brought back into battle.
He said Russian leaders fully understand that thousands of them will die and thousands more will be injured in the coming weeks.
“Russian commanders lie to their soldiers when they tell them they expect to hold them seriously for refusing to fight and then don’t tell them, for example, that the Russian military is preparing additional refrigerator trucks to store the bodies. They are not telling them the new losses the generals expect,” Zelensky said late Saturday. .
“Every Russian soldier can still save his life,” he said. “It’s better for you to survive in Russia than to die on our land.”
– News agency
Poland struggles to house 2.9 million refugees; Rent prices have risen in Warsaw
A Ukrainian boy walks past a makeshift family at a refugee center in Warsaw on April 19.
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More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia’s attack in late February, and the country that took in more than half of them is showing signs of tension.
It was reported by NBC News Over the weekend, Poland sheltered some 2.9 million Ukrainians, but the NATO country is running out of everything from classrooms to housing.
The population of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has grown by 15 percent since the war began.
NBC News said Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski visited the United States this week to seek more help from the international community. He warned that Warsaw is unable to absorb another wave of refugees.
Thousands of Poles have welcomed Ukrainians into their homes, but many have already filled their spare rooms.
The number of apartments available for rent in Warsaw is down, NBC News said, with rental prices rising more than 30 percent since the end of February.
– Ted Kemp
Sweden says Russian plane violated its airspace
Two Swedish Air Force planes fly over its territory in 2021.
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Sweden says a Russian military aircraft violated Swedish airspace.
The accident occurred late Friday in the Baltic Sea near the island of Bornholm.
The Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement on Saturday that a Russian AN-30 helicopter flew towards and briefly entered Swedish airspace before leaving the area.
The Swedish Air Force carried out a stampede of combat aircraft that photographed the Russian plane.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told Swedish public radio that the violation was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.
In a similar incident in early March, four Russian warplanes violated Swedish airspace over the Baltic Sea.
Sweden and neighboring Finland are considering joining NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow warned that such a move would have consequences, without elaborating.
– News agency
Ukraine says 20 civilians evacuated from besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol
A view shows an iron and steelworks plant in Azovstal during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine on April 26, 2022.
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A Ukrainian commander said 20 civilians were evacuated Saturday from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol, he said. Video posted on Telegram Translated by NBC News.
Earlier today, Russian state media reported that 25 civilians had been evacuated from the plant. CNBC has not been able to independently confirm either claim.
In recent weeks, Russian forces have surrounded the strategic port city of Mariupol, making the steel facility the city’s last stronghold.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he personally requested that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov coordinate the evacuation of civilians trapped at the steel facility during personal talks in Moscow last week. After discussions in Moscow, Guterres traveled to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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