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EU To Begin Accession Talks With Ukraine Next Week

The Associated Press reports: The European Union agreed Friday to start membership negotiations with embattled Ukraine and Moldova, another step in the nations’ long journey to move closer to the West and mute Russia’s influence. Belgium, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, said member states have agreed that talks will start June 25 in Luxembourg. Ukraine applied to …

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Kremlin Tries Dual US-Russia Citizen On Treason Charge Because She Gave $50 To Ukrainian Charity While In US

The Associated Press reports: The trial of a Russian American dual citizen whom Russia accuses of treason opened on Thursday as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow, including over the arrests of two American journalists. The trial is being held behind closed doors in Yekaterinburg, in the same court that next week is to begin hearing the case of Evan …

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Trump Vows To End Ukraine Aid As “President-Elect”

Politico reports: Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted the scale of U.S. support for Ukraine and said that if he is reelected in November he would immediately “have that settled.” At a campaign rally in Detroit, Trump criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, calling him “the greatest salesman of all time” for Kyiv’s push to secure U.S. support in …

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GOP Reps Help Kill MTG’s Attempt To Ban Ukraine Aid

The Hill reports: A majority of Republicans joined with Democrats on Thursday to vote down Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) amendment to the annual Defense bill that called for preventing any funds in the legislation from going toward assistance for Ukraine. The chamber voted 74-343 on Greene’s measure for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with all support coming from …

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Slovakian PM: I Was Shot For Anti-Ukraine Position

NBC News reports: Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico said Wednesday he believes he was targeted for having a Ukraine position contrary to the European mainstream but bears no malice toward the gunman who seriously wounded him three weeks ago. The prerecorded speech posted online by Fico, who opposes military aid to Ukraine, was his first appearance since the assassination …

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Reuters: Putin Wants Ceasefire With Current Frontlines

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine with a negotiated ceasefire that recognises the current battlefield lines, four Russian sources told Reuters, saying he is prepared to fight on if Kyiv and the West do not respond. Three of the sources, familiar with discussions in Putin’s entourage, said the veteran Russian leader had …

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Ukraine Says They Foiled Plot To Assassinate Zelensky

Bloomberg News reports: Ukrainian authorities said they foiled a plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other high-ranking officials, making the announcement on the day of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration in Moscow. Two colonels with Ukraine’s Department of State Security, a special unit responsible for protecting government officials, have been detained on suspicion of high treason, the Prosecutor General’s office said …

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Russia Announces Drills With Tactical Nuclear Weapons

ABC News reports: Russia plans to hold drills simulating the use of battlefield nuclear weapons, the Defense Ministry announced Monday, days after the Kremlin reacted angrily to comments by senior Western officials about the war in Ukraine and Moscow warned that tensions with the West are deepening. It was the first time that Russia has publicly announced drills involving tactical …

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Senate Sends Foreign Aid Bill To Biden In 79-18 Vote

The New York Times reports: The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday night to give final approval to a $95.3 billion package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending it to President Biden and ending months of uncertainty about whether the United States would continue to back Kyiv in its fight against Russian aggression. The vote reflected resounding bipartisan support …

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McConnell Mocks Tucker Carlson After Senate Breaks Republican Filibuster On Foreign Aid With 80-19 Vote

NBC News reports: The Senate voted Tuesday to advance the $95 billion aid package to provide critical aid to Ukraine and a provision that could lead to a nationwide ban on TikTok. The vote of 80-19 indicates the legislation has enough support to clear the Senate in a final vote, which could come as soon as Tuesday evening, and then …

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Trump Defends Johnson Amid MAGA’s Furious Attacks

Fox News reports: Former President Donald Trump has come to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s defense, as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., pushes for the Louisiana Republican’s ouster from the leadership position. “Well, look, we have a majority of one, OK?” Trump told radio host John Fredericks on Monday. “It’s not like he can go and do whatever he wants to …

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Today: Senate Votes On Advancing Foreign Aid Bills

NBC News reports: The Senate is poised to vote Tuesday to advance the $95 billion aid package to provide critical aid to Ukraine and a provision that could lead to a nationwide ban on TikTok. The package, which passed the House on Saturday, includes $60 billion in aid to Ukraine that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said would give his country “a …

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House Approves Aid To Ukraine In 311-112-1 Vote

CNN reports: The House passed the Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act with a vote of 311-112. One member – GOP Rep Dan Meuser – voted present. Democrats cheered and waved Ukrainian flags during the vote. The $95 billion package contains $61 billion for Ukraine and regional partners. One of the bills would provide nearly $61 billion to assist Ukraine and …

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LIVE VIDEO: House To Vote On Aid To Ukraine & Israel

The New York Times reports: The House on Saturday was heading toward passage of a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as Speaker Mike Johnson put his job on the line to advance the long-stalled legislation in defiance of hard-liners from his own party. Lawmakers were expected on Saturday afternoon to vote separately on aid for …

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House Advances Bills On Aid To Ukraine And Israel

NBC News reports: The House voted 316-94 to tee up votes on four separate bills that include aid to Ukraine and Israel, a good sign for the prospects of Congress approving U.S. funding for the two countries after months of delay and partisan fighting. Speaker Mike Johnson, facing intense opposition from right-wing members, received crucial help from Democrats to move …

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Johnson Sets Votes On Foreign Aid Bills For Saturday

The New York Times reports: Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday told Republicans that the House would vote Saturday evening on his foreign aid package for Israel and Ukraine, pushing through resistance in his own party to advance a long-stalled national security spending package for U.S. allies. His announcement came amid a crush of opposition from Republicans who are vehemently against …

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GOP Rep Delays Quit Date To Vote For Foreign Aid

The New Republic reports: Representative Mike Gallagher’s last day in Congress was supposed to be Friday, but some wavering votes on upcoming legislation might delay his exit. The Wisconsin Republican confirmed Wednesday that he would be sticking around for an “extra day or so” to help push through Speaker Mike Johnson’s foreign aid package for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine, according …

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Johnson Faces Do-Or-Die Moment On Aid To Ukraine

The New York Times reports: Speaker Mike Johnson’s elaborate plan for pushing aid to Ukraine through the House over his own party’s objections relies on an unusual strategy: He is counting on House Democrats and their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, to provide the votes necessary to clear the way for it to come to the floor. Given …

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Texas Putin Fan Reportedly Arrested As Spy By Russia

The Daily Beast reports: The tragicomic tale of a down-on-his-luck Texan who reinvented himself as a renegade war hero in a fake Russian republic took an unexpected turn this week when he was allegedly abducted by Russian troops—after apparently being accused of being a CIA spy. Russell Bentley, also known as “Texas,” is perhaps the last person one would expect …

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Johnson Plans Separate Aid Bills For Ukraine And Israel

Bloomberg News reports: Speaker Mike Johnson plans separate House votes this week on new aid to Israel and Ukraine following Iran’s missile and drone attack over the weekend, a lawmaker said. The maneuver taps urgency among many US lawmakers to show solidarity with Israel in the wake of the attack while testing the determination of ultraconservatives to block Ukraine aid. …

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