Live Updates | Allied leaders visiting Zelensky

Live Updates |  Allied leaders visiting Zelensky

The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia say they are on their way to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Twitter posts by leaders on Wednesday showed him standing outside a Ukrainian rail passenger car, but did not give details about the trip.

Estonian President Alar Karis said in his post, “We are visiting Ukraine to show strong support to the people of Ukraine, dear friend will meet with President Zelensky.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda, Lithuania’s Gitanas Nauseda and Latvia’s Egils Levitt are also on the visit.

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Major Developments in the Russo-Ukraine War:

– Ukraine investigation claims that poisonous substance was dropped in Mariupoli

— A look at Russia’s military objectives and the challenges it faces

— ‘It’s Not the End’: Children Survived by Bucha’s Terror

– Russian war exacerbates fertilizer crisis, jeopardizes food supply

— Czechs provide free shooting training for local Ukrainians

— Visit https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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Other Developments:

WASHINGTON — The United States and its allies are pushing forward sanctions aimed at forcing Vladimir Putin to spend Russia’s money to prop up his economy, rather than retain his “war machine” for fighting in Ukraine. A top Treasury Department official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Ademo, one of the main US coordinators on the Russian sanctions strategy, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the goal is to make Russia “less able to project power into the future.”

On the same day that inflation recorded its biggest increase in decades, Adeyemo said reducing supply chain backlogs and managing the pandemic were key to easing rising prices, which he related to the ongoing land war in Ukraine. , which has contributed to rising energy costs.

Adeyemo discussed the next steps the US and its allies would take to inflict the financial pain on Russia – and the complications of the war at the rising cost of driving Americans back home.

Adeyemo said the US and its allies would target the supply chains that contributed to the creation of Russia’s war machine, including “everything from looking at ways to go after military equipment not only to use in Ukraine”. have been created, but rather project power elsewhere.”

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KYIV, Ukraine – More than 720 people have been killed in Buka and other Kyiv suburbs that were occupied by Russian troops and more than 200 are believed to be missing, the interior ministry said early Wednesday.

In Buka alone, Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk said 403 bodies had been found and the death toll could rise as minesweepers searched the area.

Ukraine’s prosecutor-general’s office said Tuesday it was also looking into incidents in the Brovary district, which is located in the northeast.

Officials said the bodies of six civilians with gunshot wounds were found in a basement in the village of Shevchenkov and the Russian military is believed to be responsible.

Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday that Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine would continue until its goals were met and insisted the campaign was going according to plan, with harsh Ukrainian protests and significant losses in the face of a major Despite the return.

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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is preparing a further, more varied, package of military aid to be announced in the coming days, a senior US defense official said Tuesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that have yet to be publicly announced.

The additional aid is a sign that the administration wants to continue expanding its support for Ukraine’s war effort.

The delivery of $800 million in military aid approved by President Joe Biden just a month ago is due to be completed this week.

—Reported by Associated Press writer Robert Burns.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, a former pro-Russian opposition leader and a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, was detained in a special operation conducted by the country’s SBU secret Is. Service.

In his nightly video address to the nation on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed that Russia could win Medvedchuk’s freedom by trading Ukrainians now held in Russian prisons.

The head of Ukraine’s National Security Agency, Ivan Bakanov, said on the agency’s Telegram channel that Medvedchuk had been detained.

The statement came shortly after Zelensky posted a photo on social media of Medvedchuk sitting in handcuffs and wearing a camouflage uniform with a Ukrainian flag patch.

Medvedchuk was a former leader of the pro-Russian party Opposition Forum – For Life. He was being placed under house arrest before the start of the war and disappeared shortly after the start of hostilities.

Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter.

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KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the world to respond to Russia’s use of a toxic substance in Mariupol.

Zelensky said in his nightly video address, “Given the repeated threats by Russian campaigners to use chemical weapons against Mariupol defenders and the repeated use by the Russian military, for example, for phosphorus weapons in Ukraine.” The world must respond now.” Nation Tuesday.

Phosphorous munitions cause terrible burns but are not classified as chemical weapons.

Zelensky said experts are still trying to determine what was used in Mariupol.

Zelensky said that in addition to the killings in Buka, more evidence of Russian soldiers’ “inhuman cruelty” towards women and children was visible in other Kyiv suburbs and other cities in the north and east.