Ukraine foreign minister meets with Turkish counterpart ahead of Russia meeting
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is welcomed by his Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Thursday morning in Antalya, Turkey, on the Mediterranean.
The two are expected to join their Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for denials concerning the invasion of Ukraine at the seaside resort diplomacy forum.
Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers meeting in Turkey for negotiations
Russia and Ukraine’s foreign ministers Sergey Lavrov and Dmytro Kuleba will meet in Turkey Thursday for negotiations during a diplomacy forum in the country.
It will be the first high-level meeting between Moscow and Kyiv since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he will also be in the meeting in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.
“Our main goal is to bring the three leaders together,” Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper quoted Cavusoglu as saying, in reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry tweeted a photo Thursday morning of Lavrov meeting with Cavusoglu.
Head of IAEA headed to Turkey to discuss nuclear safety
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, tweeted Thursday morning that he was headed to Turkey “to discuss the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of #Ukraine’s nuclear facilities” during a diplomacy forum near Antalya, Turkey.
Russia has attacked nuclear power plants in Ukraine and during the invasion and the country reported power cuts to the critical cooling system at the Chernobyl on Wednesday.
Kamala Harris arrives in Poland for meetings on Ukraine
Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Warsaw Wednesday night for a three-day trip to Poland and Romania where she’ll attend meetings on the war in Ukraine.
Russians NW of Kyiv make ‘little progress;’ Putin deploys conscript troops despite assurances: UK
The Russian troops northwest of Kyiv have made “little progress” in a week and are suffering “continued losses” due to Ukraine’s resistance, according to a Thursday morning update from the UK’s Defense Ministry.
The update said Russians have decreased air activity in the last few days, “likely due to the unexpected effectiveness and endurance of Ukrainian Air Defense Forces.”
Russia has also deployed conscript troops despite publicly saying he wouldn’t this week. “As casualties mount, President Putin will be forced to draw from across the Russian Armed Forces and other sources to replace his losses,” the update said.
Ukraine Armed Forces shares video it says is Russian military vehicle in flames
Ukraine’s Armed Forces posted a video on Twitter Thursday morning local time that appeared to show a Russian military vehicle on fire.
“We start the morning with good news!” the post said, according to a translation. “Results of work of 72 brigades and OPSP ‘Azov’ in Brovarsky area. We continue to work!”
Americans among foreigners wanting to fight for Ukraine
Among the thousands of offers from non-Ukrainians to help the country fight the Russian military are US citizens.
“They really feel that this war is unfair, unprovoked,” said Ukraine’s military attaché, Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenetskyi who works out of Washington, DC’s Ukrainian embassy. “They feel that they have to go and help.”
Since the Feb. 24 invasion, the embassy in Washington has heard from at least 6,000 people inquiring about volunteering for service, the “vast majority” of them American citizens, said Kremenetskyi, who oversees the screening of potential US recruits.
The US strongly discourages Americans from going to Ukraine to fight, saying it raises national security and legal issues but Kremenetskyi called volunteers “people of goodwill who are coming to assist Ukraine to fight for freedom.”
He said about half of the volunteers were immediately rejected because of their age, inexperience, criminal record and other factors, but around 100 Americans have been accepted and must make their way to Poland where they’ll cross into Ukraine and sign a contract with the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine. They won’t be paid.
The accepted American volunteers include Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and helicopter pilots.
Around 20,000 non-Ukrainians have joined the fight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Putin-linked hit squad in Ukraine allegedly hunting President Zelenskyy
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House passes bill offering nearly $14 billion in aid to Ukraine
The House of Representatives voted 361-69 to approve at $1.5. trillion spending bill that funds the government through Sept. 30 and includes $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine amid the war with Russia.
The defense portion passed by a vote of 361-69, and the domestic portion passed by a vote of 260-171 with one present vote.
The House voted after months of stalling and debate as Congress faced a Friday deadline to approve government funding or risk a shutdown.
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Graham slams White House for slowing transfer of Polish jets
Sen. Lindsey Graham lashed out at the Biden administration for seemingly slowing the transfer of Polish fighter jets to Ukraine, saying he was “dumbfounded” by the administration’s opposition to the plan.
“I’m beyond dumbfounded the Biden Administration is opposing the transfer of Polish MiGs to Ukrainian pilots so they can defend their homeland,” the South Carolina Republican said on Twitter.
Graham has been a vocal advocate for Ukraine throughout the war, going so far as to call on Russian citizens to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.
Now Graham is calling on the White House to allow the transfer of MiG fighter jets to Ukraine, saying arguing the US cannot allow “Putin run NATO or freeze our ability to respond appropriately.”
“The Biden Administration apparently supported Poland, a NATO member, transferring the jets, but all of a sudden it is untenable when America is involved in the transfer,” Graham said.
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