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Russian forces shift focus east, away from Kyiv: LIVE UPDATES

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a statement Friday announcing the release of Tyler Jacob, a Minnesota man who had been detained in Russia.

“I am relieved that Tyler is safely reunited with his wife and daughter,” Klobuchar said in the statement. “Over the last two weeks, my team and I have been in close contact with his family, the State Department, and the U.S. embassy in Moscow working towards this outcome, and I am grateful that we were able to help bring him to safety.”

Klobuchar added, “While this is good news, my heart remains with all those separated from their loved ones or in danger. As Vladimir Putin continues his senseless war, our commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine is steadfast.”

Jacob was taken by Russian soldiers as he tried to flee Ukraine for his own safety at the approximately two weeks ago. He was detained in Russia for ten days as his family tried to work with the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassy in Moscow to locate him and bring him home.

“I am so ecstatic that Tyler is safe,” Tina Hauser, Jacobs’ mother, said in the statement. “This has been a harrowing experience, and I am so grateful to the officials in the State Department and embassy who helped us locate Tyler and get him out of Russia. I am especially grateful to Senator Klobuchar for her steadfast support through this whole process. This was a parent’s worst nightmare, but I can rest easy tonight knowing my son has made it to safety.”

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Czech Minister refuses meeting in Budapest amid Hungary’s support for Russia

Translation: The Czech Minister of Defense refused a meeting in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, because of the country’s support for Russia.

“I am very sorry that cheap Russian oil is more important to Hungarian politicians than Ukrainian blood,” she wrote.

Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed three more Russian planes: report

The Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 12 Russian air targets, including three planes, on March 25, according to a report.

The targets also included three drones, a helicopter and five cruise missiles.

On the ground, Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed eight tanks and 17 armored units that same day in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas.

Germany has sent Ukraine 1,500 anti-aircraft missiles: report

Germany has sent 1,500 “Strela” anti-aircraft missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns to Ukraine this week, according to the Kyiv Independent.

The shipment included 350,000 food packs, 50 medical transport vehicles, and medical supplies.

Zelenskyy shouldn’t be pressured to ‘cave in’: China expert

Russia calls in reinforcements from Georgia signaling shift in strategy

Senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot has the latest from Lviv, Ukraine, on ‘Special Report.’

Zelenskyy announces a temporary housing construction plan for displaced persons

President Zelenskyy announced a plan to build temporary housing for people displaced by the Russia War.

“Once we achieve peace, we will begin immediate large-scale reconstruction of our country. But now people need a temporary home,” Zelensky said.

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