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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 advised Zelensky his and his nation’s sacrifice has impressed the world and “that they’re preventing the battle for all of us.”

He stated President Joe Biden’s announcement of further navy help, such because the Bradley Preventing Automobiles, will give Ukrainian forces “the power to interrupt via 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 isn’t any connection.

He stated he’s at all times involved about US stockpiles of weapons and tools and that goes into the Pentagon selections 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 individuals.

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

“Historical past says dictators are inclined to push on open doorways and in the event that they discover open doorways, they may proceed. If anyone wonders why this battle is important, all they should do is look again to 1938 and the Sudetenland, 1936 and the Rhineland when World Battle II might have been prevented by the form of resistance that’s taking place proper right here in the present day,” King added. 

Requested what else the US will ship Ukraine to finish the struggle this 12 months, 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 battle.”

He stated the US had made an enormous dedication and to anticipate 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.