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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine



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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with Chair of the US Senate Committee on Armed Providers Jack Reed and a member of this Committee, Sen. Angus King, in Kyiv on Friday.

Throughout the assembly, Zelensky stated he views the Russian proposal of a 36-hour “ceasefire” as a “manipulation by which the aggressor tries to cover its true navy plans and intentions.”

Following the assembly in a briefing to journalists, Reed stated he instructed Zelensky his and his nation’s sacrifice has impressed the world and “that they’re combating the struggle for all of us.”

He stated President Joe Biden’s announcement of further navy help, such because the Bradley Combating Automobiles, will give Ukrainian forces “the power to interrupt by entrance strains, exploit that breakthrough and go on – we hope to – eject the Russians from Ukrainian territory.”

Requested by CNN’s Scott McLean if sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles will open the door to the US sending M-1 Abrams tanks, Reed stated there is no such thing as a connection.

He stated he’s all the time involved about US stockpiles of weapons and tools and that goes into the Pentagon choices on what to ship, in response to a query from CNN.

King stated they’d an “extraordinary day” in Kyiv, as he remarked on the “braveness, dedication… and grit” of the Ukrainian folks.

He stated they have been visiting as a result of “it is a struggle for us, for all of the world, for the values of freedom and democracy – and that’s the reason this dedication is critical.”

“Historical past says dictators are likely to push on open doorways and in the event that they discover open doorways, they are going to proceed. If anyone wonders why this battle is critical, all they should do is look again to 1938 and the Sudetenland, 1936 and the Rhineland when World Warfare II may have been prevented by the type of resistance that’s occurring proper right here as we speak,” King added. 

Requested what else the US will ship Ukraine to finish the conflict this yr, King stated America will proceed to help Ukraine and after assembly with officers in Kyiv they’d “walked out with an inventory.”

Reed stated he had been “impressed” to “expedite the help that Ukraine wants to complete this struggle.”

He stated the US had made an enormous dedication and to count on an extra announcement quickly. King stated coaching on the Patriot defense missile system being despatched to Ukraine “will start shortly” however the size of coaching is assessed.