US authorizes $200 million to supply weapons and equipment to Kyiv


Here are the main developments of the day on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis:

  1. President of the United States Joe Biden on Sunday authorized $200 million (more than 1,535 crore rupees) for additional weapons and equipment to be sent to Ukraine. In a tweet, the White House said it had provided over $1.2 billion (over Rs 9,211 crore) to Ukraine this year.
  2. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday that Russia had taken a “fundamentally different approach” in talks between the two countries to end the conflict, AFP reported. He said this approach was different from previous talks in which Moscow only “issued ultimatums”. Zelenskyy added he was “happy to get a signal from Russia” after President Vladimir Putin said he saw “some positive changes” in their dialogue.
  3. Russian troops shot dead seven civilians – a child and six women – in the Kiev region village of Peremoga as they evacuated, Ukrainian intelligence said. The incident happened on Friday.
  4. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said around 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the Russian invasion began on February 24, AFP reported. This is the first time that he has counted the dead among the Ukrainian forces.
  5. Ukraine told the International Atomic Energy Agency that technicians had started repairing damaged power lines to restore external power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, now controlled by Russia, the report said. United Nations agency in a statement. The power lines were completely cut at the start of the week.
  6. North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia could use chemical weapons, reports The Guardian. Stoltenberg said such a move would be a war crime.
  7. Online auction site eBay said it was blocking all transactions involving Russian addresses, the BBC reported. “We support Ukraine and are taking a number of steps to support the Ukrainian people and our vendors in the region,” a company spokesperson told the BBC.
  8. Air raid alerts were issued in almost all regions of Ukraine, reported The Kyiv Independent. These include the cities of Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa and Zaporizhzha.
  9. Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Kiev was already “under siege” and the army and volunteers were preparing to defend the capital, NDTV reported.
  10. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba said the Russians were trying to stage a “fake referendum” in the northeastern city of Kharkiv. “Without popular support it will be staged entirely,” he tweeted. “Tough sanctions against Russia must follow if they continue. Kherson is and always will be Ukraine.


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