June 26, 2022

US Sends Another $450M to Ukraine as Americans Struggle

The Biden administration will send Ukraine another $450 million in military aid as Americans continue to struggle with skyrocketing gas prices and inflation.

The Pentagon announced that the new massive aid package includes four long-range rocket launchers and 36,000 artillery rounds.

The new aid package comes about one week after the Biden administration announced $1 billion in aid to Ukraine.

The latest inventory transfer will include 18 tactical vehicles, 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, and 18 patrol boats.

According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. has committed $6.1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24.

June 20, 2022

3 American Veterans Reported Missing in Ukraine

The State Department has confirmed that a third American veteran that traveled to Ukraine during Russia’s invasion has apparently gone missing.

Last week, the families of U.S. veterans from Alabama, Andy Tai Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, went missing in Ukraine.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said there were “reports of one additional American whose whereabouts are unknown.”

“Unfortunately, we don’t know the full details of that case,” he said.

The wife of U.S. Marine veteran Grady Kurpasi told CNN that her husband is the third missing American.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request from Axios to confirm the missing American’s identity.

March 20, 2022

Dems Worry Zelensky Handed GOP a Major Talking Point

1900: US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an ‘open door’ policy in China have essentially accepted his stand.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to Congressmembers and highlighted President Joe Biden’s role in helping his country amid the ongoing Russian invasion, making some Democrats worry that he handed the GOP a major talking point.

Zelensky gave a virtual speech to lawmakers last week, switching to English in the final moments of his remarks to directly address Biden.

“You are the leader of the nation, of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”

Democrats say that Republicans have called Biden a weak leader for months, and Zelensky’s words could become part of the narrative come midterm elections.

“I think it’s a very real possibility,” an unnamed Democratic strategist said.

“I know we keep saying we’re doing everything we can, but clearly there’s a lot more we could be doing, and I’m not just talking about sending in troops.”

“You could easily see Republicans making hay out of it.”

John Feehery, a Republican strategist, said Zelensky’s comments dovetail with the GOP’s characterization.

“I think there will be a lot of Republicans who ask for the White House to be more forceful based on Zelensky’s comments,” Feehery said.

“The president hasn’t been very forceful and throughout this whole thing he had decent intelligence and they didn’t do anything about it. He said we’re going to do sanctions and they kind of sucked. Everything is underwhelming.” 


Democrats worry Zelensky offered GOP key talking point

March 16, 2022

Biden Signs $1.5T Funding Bill

President Joe Biden signed a massive $1.5 trillion bill into law, funding the federal government through September and provides billions of dollars in assistance for Ukraine.

“Today we are again showing the American people that as a country we can come together,” Biden said in prepared remarks from the White House. “That our democracy can deliver, can deliver and outperform autocracies.”

The legislation consists of a staggering 2,700 pages, funding the government through the current fiscal year and includes $13.6 billion to help Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

“With this new security funding and the drawdown authorities in this bill, we’re moving urgently to further augment the support to the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country,” Biden said.

Biden also touted the bill’s funding for law enforcement programs, the opioid response, and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“It sends a clear message to the American people that we are investing in safety, health and the future of Americans,” Biden said.


Biden signs $1.5 trillion government funding bill with Ukraine aid

March 15, 2022

UN: ‘Bone Chilling’ Nuclear Development

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned that Russia using nuclear weapons during its invasion of Ukraine is “within the realm of possibility.”

“The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility,” Guterres said. “It is time to stop the horror unleashed on the people of Ukraine and get on the path of diplomacy and peace.”

Guterres said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s earlier decision to put his nuclear forces on high alert was a “bone-chilling development.”

Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, said that Washington’s nuclear alert levels have not changed.

“The United States has not adjusted our nuclear posture, but it is something that we monitor day by day, hour by hour because it is a paramount priority to the president,” he said.

In addition to calling for nuclear facilities in the country to be safeguarded, Guterres said the U.N. is allocating $40 million from its Central Emergency Response fund to assist Ukrainians.

“This funding will help get critical supplies of food, water, medicines and other lifesaving aid into the country as well as provide cash assistance,” Guterres said.


Nuclear war ‘within the realm of possibility,’ UN secretary general warns

March 15, 2022

Fox News Reporter Injured in Ukraine

1783: In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful, and the threatened coup d’etat never takes place.

A Fox News journalist was injured in Ukraine while covering the invasion of Russian troops.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed that Benjamin Hall, the network’s State Department correspondent, was injured and is currently hospitalized.

“This is news that we hate to pass along to you, but it sometimes happens in the middle of a conflict,” host John Roberts said.

Roberts said the network was privy to “very few details” and that teams were “working to gather more information.”

“The safety of our Fox team is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” Roberts said. “More on this as we get it.”  

Hall has been with the network since 2015. He has previously reported from the front lines in Syria and Iraq.

“Covering a war is dangerous business,” Fox News anchor Bret Baier said. “Please keep all of the crews on the ground – and the people there in your prayers – but today – especially Ben.” 

News of the incident comes days after American journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Ukraine while covering the Russian invasion.

Members of the Biden administration acknowledged Hall’s injury during briefings on Monday.

“Our thoughts, the president’s thoughts, our administration’s thoughts are with him, his family, and all of you at Fox News,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“We certainly wish him all the best a speedy recovery and a safe return,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “This is a war that didn’t need to be fought … [but] there are journalists from around the world on the ground trying to discover the truth and to show that truth and to tell these important stories.” 


Fox News journalist injured in Ukraine

March 13, 2022

More than 3,000 Americans Apply To Join Ukraine Forces

More than 3,000 Americans have applied to join the Ukrainian military as the country undergoes a Russian invasion.

“If you are determined to go, be professional, responsible, and realistic in your expectations,” said Frumentarius, a defense official with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

“Follow the Ukrainian government’s advice about how to officially register, and do not go there telling them where and how you want to participate in the fighting. … You are not Rambo, there to single-handedly slay Russians and post your selfies.”

The 3,000 U.S. citizens are part of the 16,000 foreigners who have volunteered to join the military, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

“We have nothing to lose but our own freedom,” Zelensky said in a video posted to his Telegram account.

However, U.S. officials have advised against Americans traveling to join the fight.

“This is not the place for Americans to be in Ukraine right now, and the State Department has made that very clear in urging over so many weeks for Americans that are in Ukraine to leave, and urging Americans not in Ukraine not to go,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

“Should Americans want to help Ukraine, and it’s laudable that they do, but the best way to do that is to find ways to contribute to the many nongovernmental and humanitarian organizations that are trying to alleviate what has now become a very acute humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.”


Volunteer fighters arrive in Ukraine. But the untrained should stay home

March 12, 2022

Video: Lawmaker Calls Zelensky a ‘Thug,’ Ukraine ‘Evil’

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug,” marking a distinct difference from the majority of the GOP with a favorable view of the country’s leader amid a Russian military invasion.

“Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug,” Cawthorn said in a video. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

Karl Rove, a former White House deputy chief of staff said Cawthorn’s remarks were made at a town hall in Ashe­ville, N.C., and that they “don’t re­flect Re­pub­li­can opin­ion.” 

Cawthorn later posted a link to an article titled “World War Reddit” along with the caption: “Propaganda is being used to entice America into another war. I do not want Americans dying because emotions pushed us into a conflict.”

“The actions of Putin and Russia are disgusting,” he added. “But leaders, including Zelensky, should NOT push misinformation on America.”

“I am praying for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Pray also we are not drawn into conflict based on foreign leaders pushing misinformation.”


US Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls Ukrainian president ‘thug,’ later says both Russia, Ukraine are ‘very vile’

March 10, 2022

Kremlin Accuses US of Declaring ‘Economic War’

The Kremlin accused the U.S. of declaring economic war on Russia, putting the White House on notice that it was considering its response to a ban on Russian oil and energy imports.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described the move as hostile, saying it wreaked havoc on worldwide markets.

“The situation demands a rather deep analysis – those decisions announced by President Biden,” Peskov said. “If you are asking me what Russia is going to do – Russia is going to do what is necessary to defend its interests.”

“The United States definitely has declared economic war against Russia and is waging this war,” he said.

Peskov declined to provide further details on the precise nature of Russia’s response.

“You see the bacchanalia, the hostile bacchanalia, which the West has sown – and that of course makes the situation very difficult and forces us to think seriously,” Peskov said.

“We see that the situation on energy markets is developing rather turbulently – and we don’t know how far that turbulence will go.”

When asked about the Kremlin’s remarks, White House deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh said: “This is brutal and needless war of aggression. We’ve said all along, if the aggression escalates, so will the costs.”

“I wouldn’t call it an economic war. This is our way of demonstrating resolve,” he added.


Kremlin tells United States to await response to “economic war”

March 8, 2022

US: ‘Very Credible’ Evidence of War Crimes in Ukraine

The U.S. has seen “very credible” evidence of war crimes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.

Blinken’s comments came during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, wherein he told host Jake Tapper: “[W]e’ve seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would constitute a war crime.”

“What we’re doing right now is documenting all of this, putting it all together, looking at it, and making sure that as people and the appropriate organizations and institutions investigate whether war crimes have been or are being committed, that we can support whatever they’re doing,” Blinken added.

“They’re very credible. And we’re documenting everything.”

Last week, the International Criminal Court said it has launched an investigation into allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed in Ukraine.


Blinken: U.S. has seen “very credible” reports of war crimes in Ukraine

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