Tag Archives: United States

US Says Russia Asked China For Military Support

The New York Times reports: Russia asked China to give it military equipment and support for the war in Ukraine after President Vladimir V. Putin began a full-scale invasion last month, according to U.S. officials. Russia has also asked China for additional economic assistance, to help counteract the battering its economy has taken from broad sanctions imposed by the United …

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Biden: Revoke Russia’s “Favored Nation” Trade Status

CNN reports: President Joe Biden announced Friday that the US, along with the G7 and European Union, will call for revoking “most favored nation” status for Russia, referred to as permanent normal trade relations in the US. Biden said the move and said it would hold Russian President Vladimir Putin “even more accountable for his aggression against Ukraine.” “Each of …

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Thousands Of Americans Seek To Fight For Ukraine

The Associated Press reports: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given the smaller nation’s embassy in Washington an unexpected role: recruitment center for Americans who want to join the fight. Diplomats are fielding thousands of offers from volunteers seeking to fight for Ukraine, even as they work on the far more pressing matter of securing weapons to defend against an increasingly …

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Majority Of Americans Back US Ban On Russian Oil

From Quinnipiac Polling: At nearly the end of week two of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the U.S. and its allies consider ratcheting up sanctions against Russia, Americans say 71 – 22 percent that they would support a ban on Russian oil even if it meant higher gasoline prices in the United States. There is broad support (79 – 14 …

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses Six Million

The Associated Press reports: The official global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 6 million on Monday — underscoring that the pandemic, now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting nature of the pandemic even as people are shedding masks, travel is resuming and businesses …

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Blinken Arrives At Ukraine Border To Assess US Aid

The New York Times reports: With a line of refugees streaming into Poland behind them, the top American and Ukrainian diplomats met at Ukraine’s border on Saturday in a brief but extraordinary encounter to assess what additional support and protection the United States might deliver to address Russia’s invasion, which appeared certain to continue. The Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, …

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US: Russian Attack On Nuclear Plant Is A War Crime

CBS News reports: “It is a war crime to attack a nuclear power plant,” the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said on Friday, hours after Russian forces seized control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia claims Ukrainian “saboteurs” started a fire at the Zaporizhzhia power plant, but Ukraine and the U.S. say it was hit overnight by …

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CDC: At Least 140 Million Americans Have Had COVID

Ars Technica reports: An estimated 140 million people in the US—around 43 percent—have had COVID-19, according to the latest analysis by the CDC using data from the end of January. The estimate of people infected with COVID-19 is nearly double the CDC’s cumulative tally of cases reported at the end of January, which totaled around 74 million. These numbers are …

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US, EU, And UK Cut Russia From SWIFT Bank System

NBC News reports: The United States and its allies announced Saturday an agreement to take aim at Russia through SWIFT, a service that facilitates global transactions among thousands of financial institutions. “We commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and …

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US Announces $350 Million In Military Aid To Ukraine

Just in from the State Department: Ukraine is a sovereign, democratic, and peace-loving nation. The United States and Ukraine have been partners since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago. After Russia invaded and partially occupied Ukraine in 2014, the United States intensified efforts to help Ukraine deter further Russian aggression, and, if needed, …

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Biden Condemns Russia’s “Unprovoked” Attack

Via press release from the White House: The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack …

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US Warns Ukraine Govt Of Imminent Attack By Russia

CNN reports: The United States has issued a new warning to the Ukrainian government that the latest intelligence points to a full-scale Russian invasion imminently, according to Ukrainian, US and Western officials familiar with the matter. The new warning was conveyed on Tuesday morning local Kyiv time, according to three of the sources. A senior Ukrainian official said Ukraine has …

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US Troops To Help Poland With Ukrainian Refugees

The New York Times reports: Many of the nearly 5,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division who arrived in Poland last week are working with Polish forces to set up processing centers for tens of thousands of people, including Americans, who are expected to flee neighboring Ukraine if Russia launches a full-scale invasion of the country, U.S. military officials said. …

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Biden: Sanctions To Target Russian Elites, Banks, Debt

The Washington Post reports: President Biden announced new sanctions on Russia on Tuesday after its moves against Ukraine, saying the actions amounted to a “flagrant violation of international law.” In imposing economic penalties on Russia, the United States joins European allies in responding to Russia’s deployment of troops into two pro-Russian separatist regions of eastern Ukraine. Biden called Russia’s actions …

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New COVID Cases Continue Sharp Decline In US

The Associated Press reports: Average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to fall in the U.S., an indicator that the omicron variant’s hold is weakening across the country. Total confirmed cases reported Saturday barely exceeded 100,000, a sharp downturn from around 800,850 five weeks ago on Jan. 16, according to Johns Hopkins University data. In New York, the number …

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Biden-Putin Summit Floated Over Ukraine Threat

CBS News reports: U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in principle on Sunday to meet, either in person or via video link, as diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis on Ukraine’s borders took on new urgency with U.S. officials telling CBS News that Putin had ordered his troops to proceed with plans to invade. A U.S. …

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REPORT: Russia Planning Post-Invasion Executions

Foreign Policy reports: The United States has obtained intelligence that Russia may target prominent political opponents, anti-corruption activists, and Belarusian and Russian dissidents living in exile should it move forward with plans to invade Ukraine, as U.S. President Joe Biden warned on Thursday that the threat of a renewed Russian invasion of the country remains “very high” and could take …

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Senate Unanimously Approves Pro-Ukraine Resolution

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to show unwavering support for an independent Ukraine and “condemn” Russian military aggression toward its neighbor as fresh fears emerged of a possible invasion that could spiral toward a European war. The resolution from the senators does not carry the force of law but puts the U.S. legislative body …

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Gallup: 7.1% Of US Adults Say They Are Not Straight

Gallup reports: The percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual has increased to a new high of 7.1%, which is double the percentage from 2012, when Gallup first measured it. Gallup asks Americans whether they personally identify as straight or heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender as part of the demographic …

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US Says Russia Added More Troops At Ukraine Border

The Associated Press reports: Russia has added as many as 7,000 troops near the Ukraine border in recent days, contrary to claims by President Vladimir Putin that troops would be pulled back from the region, a senior Biden administration official said Wednesday. Russia has massed about 150,000 troops east, north and south of Ukraine, according to Western estimates. The U.S. …

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