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    U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) this week urged allocation of additional funding to support Ukraine as it prepares to prosecute alleged war crimes committed by Russian military personnel.  The senator said his view of the need for more aid was informed through discussions he and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) had with Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin on Wednesday concerning how America can help its ally to pursue war-crime cases against enemy soldiers. Portman and Durbin co-chair the Senate Ukraine Caucus.  “The United States stands with Ukraine and its efforts to hold Russia accountable for its heinous war crimes against the Ukrainian people,” Portman said in a statement. “I strongly encourage my colleagues to approve more funding for Ukraine. This will help Ukrainian prosecutors investigate more war crimes cases and secure justice for innocent victims, and it will help Ukrainian soldiers liberate their fellow citizens from future Russian atrocities.” In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, the senator condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine since the former invaded its western neighbor in February, drawing particular attention to the discovery of over 400 graves...
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced a series of policy changes to help military service members and their families deal with rising housing, food and childcare costs amid high inflation. While President Joe Biden's proposed budget for the Department of Defense includes a 4.6% pay increase for military service members starting January 1, 2023, the current annual consumer inflation rate in the US stands at 8.3%.Many of the policy changes Austin announced will go into effect in October. They include changes to housing allowances for active-duty service members, changes to policies around permanent change of station moves service members are required to make for their postings and additional programs for childcare and employment of military spouses."Our Service members and families must be able to secure affordable basic needs. It is a matter of bedrock financial security and a critical individual readiness issue," Austin said in a memo to senior Pentagon leaders and Combatant Commanders announcing the policy changes on Thursday. ISIS attempts suicide attack on al-Hol camp in SyriaSome of the policy changes Austin is implementing came from ideas...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing partial mobilization has prompted heated reactions across Russia. Prominent lawmakers and pundits expressed their enthusiastic support on state television, but tangible concerns have been brewing behind the bluster. Even the most dedicated pro-Kremlin propagandists haven’t been able to hide their apprehension about the obvious shortcomings of the Russian economy and its military-industrial complex. In Wednesday’s broadcast of state television show 60 Minutes, even the studio seemed to be in disarray, with a large puddle of water clearly visible near one of the podiums. Senior military analyst Mikhail Khodaryonok poured yet more water on Putin’s declaration when he noted during the show that: “Mobilization is the face of the nation.” That face seems to be lacking some teeth, with glaring issues pertaining to the lack of military equipment and technologies bemoaned even by the most rabid propagandists. Khodaryonok pointed out: “An issue that is no less important than others is how well these people will be armed and equipped... They should receive modern uniforms, modern gear, rations, medical kits, items having to do with support...
    BRITAIN will rip up years of military strategy to prepare for threats from China and Russia, Liz Truss will tell the world today. The globe must pull together to end its reliance on authoritarian states, the PM will say, as she lays out her new foreign policy blueprint. 1Liz Truss will tell the world today that Britain will rip up years of military strategy to prepare for threats from China and RussiaCredit: PA It came as she called on Russia to pay World War II style reparations to Ukraine to help rebuild the war-torn nation. The Former Foreign Secretary will reopen the 2021 integrated defence review to make sure our military is ready for any future threat. A lightning-quick review will be done by the end of the year to see if more cash is needed for “strategic capabilities” and to boost our national security. Britain will recommit to ambitious goals to spend three per cent of GDP on defence by 2030 – saying vital economic and physical security go hand-in-hand. READ MORE ON THE UKRAINE WARVLAD SILENT Mystery as...
    SAN FRANCISCO  — A new law in California will help military service members who were discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies because of their sexual or gender identities to reestablish their eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday. “For decades, our bravest heroes, men and women who wore the uniforms of the armed services had to hide who they really were, and many were other than honorably discharged if their sexuality was discovered,” Newsom said in a statement after announcing he had signed the bill. Gays and lesbians were banned in the military until the 1993 approval of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which allowed them to serve only if they did not openly acknowledge their sexual orientation. Rather than helping, advocates say, the policy created more problems. In its entire history, the military dismissed more than 100,000 service members based on their sexual or gender identities — 14,000 of them during “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Repeal of the law was approved by Congress and then President Barack Obama in late 2010 and took effect nine months...
    UKRAINIAN soldiers have been handing out "surrender cards" to Russian soldiers containing secret codes with advice on how they can return home alive, reports have claimed. The cards feature a message in Russian for Vlad's invading forces, as well as a QR code on the back with links to further information on how soldiers can surrender to Ukraine. 5'Surrender cards' supposedly being handed out to Russian soldiers in UkraineCredit: telegram/vitaly kim 5The reverse of the card features a QR code which gives more informationCredit: telegram/vitaly kim 5Russia has seen massive military losses in recent daysCredit: Reuters Pictures of the cards supposedly being distributed widely among Russian forces by Ukraine were shared on social media. One side of the card is in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. The headline reads: "YOUR TICKET TO A PEACEFUL LIFE." Below, it says in Russian: "Show this card to a Ukrainian soldier - it will save your life and help you return home." READ MORE ON UKRAINETIPPING POINT Putin may order a NUKE strike to avenge his crushed army, ex-NATO chief warnsON THE...
    The Biden Administration is sending more drones, ammunition, and armored vehicles to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion, as Ukraine continues to find ways to hit Russia with long-range rockets. The latest package the Pentagon is announcing totals $775 million, and contains 16 Howitzer systems, 1,000 Javelin systems that have been hammering Russian armor, as well as an undisclosed number of HARM missiles that go after radar systems.  Also included are 15 ScanEagle drones, a low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle made by Boeing, as well as 40 MRAPS, tactical vehicles meant to withstand improvised explosives. The drones can be used for surveillance, and are launched using a pneumatic launcher without need of an airfield.  'These capabilities are carefully calibrated to make the most difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine's position at the negotiating table,' said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement announcing the package. The Biden Administration announced another $775 million in military aid to Ukraine  The package also includes 2,000 anti-armor rounds, as Ukraine seeks to continue to hit Russian tanks and prepares for a possible offensive to try to roll...
    By Chris Megerian | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits.” “We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the steel. You’re the sinew. You’re the very fiber that makes this country what it is.” The law, which Biden described as long overdue, caps a years-long battle to ensure treatment for chronic illnesses that veterans have blamed on burn pits, which were used to dispose of chemicals, tires, plastics, medical equipment and human waste on military bases. Estimates of affected troops run to 3.5 million. “So many of you here today remind us that we have fought for this for so many years,” he said during an emotional White House ceremony that reflected the struggles of military families — and the president’s personal experience. Biden was introduced by Danielle Robinson, the widow of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died of...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Relatives of prisoners of war captured by the Russians following the fall of Mariupol gathered in central Kyiv Thursday demanding information about their husbands, fathers and sons following a strike on a prison housing POWs in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine last week that reportedly killed and wounded dozens. One of those gathered was Eugenia Vasylieva who last saw her husband Valeriy Vasyliev in Mariupol on the night of Feb. 24, the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That night he went to defend his city. Her 7-year-old daughter Zlata Vasylieva, holding a placard calling for her father’s return, said: “I want my dad to be alive and that he never die.” Russia has claimed that Ukraine’s military used U.S.-supplied rocket launchers to strike the prison in Olenivka, a settlement controlled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian military denied making any rocket or artillery strikes in Olenivka. The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defense ministry claimed in a statement Wednesday to have evidence that local Kremlin-backed separatists colluded with the Russian...
    Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida told DailyMail.com that China-backed companies' land purchases and tech expansion in the US pose economic concerns as well as military fears Republican Rep. Mike Waltz vowed the House GOP would launch an investigation into the flow of Chinese-backed companies' cash in the United States, if his party retakes the Congressional majority in November. Speaking to DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Waltz warned that the steady encroachment not only posed a military threat but could also have negative repercussions on the US economy. The Florida congressman also fears the investments are already being used as leverage to expand Beijing's influence throughout the world. Recent reports have highlighted Chinese companies' increasing hold over key sectors of the American economy with purchases of US farmland and the expansion of technology in rural areas. The FBI raised alarm bells over Beijing-influence telecom giant Huawei controlling cellphone towers in the rural Midwest near military bases. The bureau warned, according to CNN, that the technology is capable of disrupting Department of Defense communications.  Meanwhile lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned...
    One hundred and forty New York Army National Guard soldiers have been deployed to Germany to help train Ukrainian military personnel. The Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will replace the 160 Florida Army National Guard soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who were deployed in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group, though they were evacuated ahead of Russia’s invasion. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AS TEHRAN SELLS WEAPONS TO RUSSIA The troops heading to Germany bid farewell to their families during a ceremony at the Thompson Road Armory on Hancock Field Air National Guard Base last Friday. Before they head to Europe, however, they will train at Fort Bliss, Texas, and are expected to replace the Florida guardsmen in September. The United States has trained Ukrainian military personnel in this capacity since 2015, and defense officials are quick to reference it in connection with the success the Ukrainian resistance has put up despite being outmanned and outgunned. Some of those Florida National Guardsmen have gone on to help train Ukrainians on the weapons the U.S....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- More than 60 new-car dealers throughout Chicagoland are firing up their grills to host USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers.The partnership by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and the USO Illinois continues for the ninth year.So far, BBQ for the troops fundraisers have raised more than $950,000, supporting local military, the goal is to get to the $1 million milestone this year.These funds directly impact more than 300,000 troops and their families annually.If you can't stop by, participating dealers will be collecting donations throughout July through in-person and online donations.
    Two veterans service organizations are partnering up to bring a career fair for vets and military-connected jobseekers to Herndon, Virginia, on July 14. The free career fair will be open to all U.S. military vets, spouses and working-age dependents, transitioning servicemembers, active duty, National Guard and military reserve force members. Jobseekers must register before attending. Dozens of regional and national employers — including FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Toyota and Southwest Airlines — are set to participate. More Business News More Virginia News More Local News The event will be held in the Belmont Ballroom of the Dulles Washington Hilton hotel in Herndon, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. The event is hosted by the American Legion and the military employment organization Hiring Our Heroes.
    HUNDREDS of raw recruits from Ukraine have started Boot Camp in Britain — so they can fight back against the Russians. The UK has pledged to train 10,000 volunteers with no military experience in four months. 3Hundreds of recruits from Ukraine have started Boot Camp in Britain — so they can fight back against the RussiansCredit: Louis Wood 3The UK has pledged to train 10,000 volunteers with no military experience in four months.Credit: Louis Wood The first batch arrived last week and are already blasting Kalashnikov rounds at secret beauty spot ranges. They narrowly escaped an air attack days before they left. A Ukrainian army instructor, who asked not to be named, said: “We think the Russian military knew we were preparing to come here.” Troops from the UK’s 11th Security Force Assistance Brigade are delivering a six-month basic infantry course in just a few weeks. Lt Joe Coombs, 24, from 3 Rifles regiment, said: “The two over- arching themes are training them to stay alive and training them how to kill.” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said hundreds...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send another $400 million in military equipment to Ukraine, including four more advanced rocket systems, a senior defense official said Friday, in an effort to bolster Ukrainian efforts to strike deeper behind Russian frontlines in the eastern Donbas region. The aid comes as Moscow this week claimed full control of Ukraine’s Luhansk province in the Donbas, but Ukrainian officials say their troops still control a small part of the province and fierce fighting continues in several villages. The defense official said that the eight High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, that were previously sent are still being used by Ukraine forces in the fight. And this will give them four more to help hit Russian command and control nodes, logistics capabilities and other systems that are further back behind the battlefront. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details not yet made public. Russia in recent days has launched dozens of missiles across Ukraine and pinned down Ukrainian forces with continuous long-range fire for sometimes hours at a time. Ukraine’s...
    (CNN)A group of Senate Democrats on the Armed Services Committee led by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono wants Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to take immediate steps to ensure that military service members' access to abortion is protected no matter what state they are stationed in. In a new letter provided first to CNN, Democrats are requesting the Department of Defense outline a plan to guarantee that women seeking abortions in states where the procedure is severely restricted or no longer legal are given appropriate time off to travel out of state, guaranteed privacy protections and assured they will not be retaliated against for their decision. "Entrusted to your care are hundreds of thousands of troops, dependents, and Department of Defense civilians who have lost access to safe abortions and now face threats of criminal prosecution for seeking out those services. As the leader of our military services, it falls on you to preserve the health and welfare of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardians," the Democratic senators wrote. Signers of the letter include Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut,...
    (CNN)The Senate on Thursday passed historic legislation that would help millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service.A wide bipartisan majority approved the long-awaited bill by a vote of 84-14. It will now go to the House of Representatives, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pledged to move quickly and send it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature. The bill is an amended version of the Honoring Our PACT Act that passed the House earlier this year."Today is a historic, long awaited day for our nation's veterans," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a floor speech on Thursday ahead of the vote. "In a few moments, the Senate is finally going to pass the PACT Act, the most significant expansion of health care benefits to our veterans in generations."Schumer continued, "The callousness of forcing veterans who got sick as they were fighting for us because of exposure to these toxins to have to fight for years in the VA to get the benefits they deserved --- Well, that will soon be...
    Vladimir Putin has been advised by doctors not to make any 'lengthy' public appearances after he fell ill amid discussions with his military chiefs, a Kremlin insider has claimed.  The Russian President felt 'a sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness', while getting up from his desk following a recent video conference with advisers and military leaders, Telegram channel General SVR reported yesterday. 'The President needed urgent medical assistance,' claimed the channel which purports to have sources in the Kremlin and has made repeated claims over Putin's alleged medical problems, including cancer and Parkinson's disease. The claims are impossible to verify, but the theory that the despot is struggling with a litany of health issues is gaining currency in the West. Myriad photos and videos have emerged in recent weeks in which the Russian leader appears bloated and uncomfortable, while other clips have shown him experiencing seemingly uncontrollable leg tremors and walking with poor co-ordination.  The channel also cited the 'dizziness' incident to explain an abrupt announcement this week that Putin's annual 'Direct Line' live broadcast - a marathon Q&A when he answers...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is recommending retired and former military service members be “mobilized” and used as security for schools in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting. “It is time to mobilize our retired and former service members who are willing to help secure our schools,” the Republican senator tweeted on Friday, arguing that schools are “soft targets” in need of such security. “They contain our most valuable possession — our children, the future of our country — and must be protected,” he wrote. It is time to mobilize our retired and former service members who are willing to help secure our schools. Our schools are soft targets. They contain our most valuable possession — our children, the future of our country — and must be protected. https://t.co/OBoCjPyH4D — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 3, 2022 In earlier tweets, Graham added detail to his plan, saying he will be working on a “certification process” to train former military members to go through “school security training.” Those trained service members would then be available to school districts...
    Russia's parliament passed a law eliminating the age limit for those serving in the military on Wednesday. Currently, Russians aged 18 through 40 can enlist in the military, though the new legislation removes the upper age limit. UKRAINE STACKING DEAD RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN RAIL CAR, HOPES TO EXCHANGE FOR PRISONERS "Today, especially, we need to strengthen the armed forces and help the Ministry of Defence. Our Supreme Commander is doing everything to ensure that our armed forces win, and we need to help," State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said, according to Reuters. The legislation still requires Russian President Vladimir Putin's signature before it goes into law. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Though the exact number of Russian military casualties is unclear as its invasion of Ukraine drags on, the U.K. Ministry of Defense estimates the death toll is on par with "that experienced by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan." By that number, as many as 15,000 Russian soldiers might have died since the country began...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has teamed up with Syrian barrel bomb experts to help with his offensive in Ukraine, according to a report on Sunday. European intelligence officials believe more than 50 Syrian bomb specialists have been in Russia for weeks working with the Russian military, according to the Guardian. Their presence in Russia led to the warnings from Western officials that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine, according to the report. However, Ukraine's air defense capabilities have prevented the same sort of aerial bombing campaigns in Ukraine that plagued Syrians during the country's civil war, according to officials cited in the report. “This is probably why we haven’t seen them cross the border,” an unnamed European official told the news outlet. “We know the capacity is there, but if they use it, they lose; we will know who’s done it, and they will likely be killed anyway.” Barrel bombs are crude bombs made of metal drums packed with shrapnel and explosive material. Their widespread use in Syria devastated the landscape, reducing entire cities to rubble....
    Vladimir Putin has finally deployed his 'Terminator' military vehicles in battle in Ukraine as Kyiv continues to obliterate invading Russian tanks with the help of British missiles. Video shows the much-vaunted armoured vehicles, which are designed to support infantry units fighting in urban areas, in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.  The deployment of the BMPT Terminator comes as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on Putin's main army tanks - the T-90M tank - after Ukrainian troops continue to obliterate them with rockets. Ukraine said this week its armed forces had destroyed Russian tanks deep behind enemy lines in the Donbas region using British-made Brimstone missiles for the first time. Video shows the much-vaunted armoured vehicles, which are designed to support infantry units fighting in urban areas, in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine Russian Tank Support Combat Vehicle BMPT 'Terminator' before Red Square Victory Day's parade The deployment of the BMPT Terminator comes as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on Putin's main army tanks - the T-90M tank - after Ukrainian...
    Washington (CNN)The two top-ranking senators on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Wednesday announced a long-sought bipartisan deal on a comprehensive bill that could help millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service."For far too long, our nation's veterans have been living with chronic illnesses as a result of exposures during their time in uniform. Today, we're taking necessary steps to right this wrong with our proposal that'll provide veterans and their families with the health care and benefits they have earned and deserve," Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat and the committee's chairman, and Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican and ranking member of the panel, said in a joint statement.The agreement is years in the making, and, if successful, would amount to a major bipartisan victory. Tester and Moran's joint statement signals their effort to win the 60 votes needed for the measure to pass the 50-50 Senate.The achievement would also be a win for President Joe Biden, who has championed the legislation and has been personally affected by the issue. Biden...
    The Senate voted on Monday evening to advance a bill to send $40 billion more aid for Ukraine in its war against Russia, setting up a final vote possibly on Wednesday.  The tally was 81 to 11 on the first of a potential three procedural votes paving the way for final Senate passage of the funding, requested by President Joe Biden's administration to keep aid flowing and boost the government in Kyiv nearly three months after the start of the Russian invasion. All 11 anti votes were Republicans showing how an isolationist Donald Trump-allied wing of the party has split off from the mainstream. It comes after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation to the region in a show of support for Ukraine.  'There's always been isolationist voices in the Republican Party,' he told reporters on a conference call over the weekend from Stockholm.  'It won't create a problem, we'll get the job done.' A convoy of pro-Russian troops is seen before the expected evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the course...
    The Pentagon spokesman denied that the United States is providing intelligence to the Ukrainian military to assist them in killing Russian military leaders. "We do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military," John Kirby told reporters Thursday, though the Department of Defense is providing intelligence to the Ukrainians. Kirby’s denial came a day after the New York Times reported that intelligence the U.S. has provided to Ukraine has led to the killing of as many as 12 Russian generals. The number of generals killed was attributed to unnamed Ukrainian officials. 'DESPERATE' FAMILIES OF AMERICANS DETAINED ABROAD RAMP UP PRESSURE ON BIDEN "Ukrainians have, quite frankly, a lot more information than we do," Kirby added. "This is their country, their territory, and they have capable intelligence collection abilities of their own. Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the intelligence that they themselves are gathering on the battlefield. And then they make their own decisions, and they take their own actions." The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House gave final passage Thursday to legislation that would streamline a World War II-era military lend-lease program to more quickly provide Ukraine and other Eastern European countries with American equipment to fight the Russian invasion. The measure, which passed by an overwhelming 417-10 vote, now goes to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks of New York said with unified support from the U.S. Congress, “Ukraine will win.” The bill is the latest from Congress, which is steadily churning out resolutions and resources to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and help the country and its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fight back. The Biden administration announced Thursday it will seek another $30 billion from Congress in military and humanitarian aid, on top of the nearly $14 billion Congress approved last month to help Ukraine fight the war. Months in the making, the bipartisan bill was first introduced in January as part of the U.S.’s posture of deterrence to warn off Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine....
    President Joe Biden on Thursday will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for the Ukraine, which officials say could fund the war there for the next five months. 'The president's funding request is what we believe it needed to enable Ukraine success over the next five months of this war,' a senior administration official told reporters on a briefing call. The money includes $20.4 billion in additional security and military assistance, $8.5 billion in economic assistance, and $3 billion in humanitarian assistance. The humanitarian assistance includes funds for high thermal blankets, medical supplies, emergency health kits, safe drinking water, direct food support such as wheat and flour, job training, trauma-informed mental health services, and funding for schools. Bidean also wants to sell the luxury yachts and opulent apartments the U.S. government has seized from Russian oligarchs and then send that money to the Ukraine to help them fight off Vladimir Putin's forces.  Biden is asking Congress for an additional $33 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for the Ukraine The funding includes $3 billion in humanitarian assistanc - funds...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Ulana Nosal scoops up her whole world – her daughters – in her arms Monday night, after arriving to Logan Airport. Even so, it still feels like part of her heart is so far away. “Coming back the first time around it was hard to find a balance of coming back to a mom role and work and still being able to support Ukraine,” the Walpole mother and realtor recalled. READ MORE: 'Scary And Disturbing': Police Investigate Report Of Plane Shot Near Gardner AirportThis was her and Terry Reid’s second trip to the Ukrainian border within weeks. And how their mission is growing – they brought 17 bags of military and medical supplies this time, plus more help from Massachusetts. “I had to do something,” said friend Yuri Bukhenik, who was born in Ukraine but lives and works on the South Shore. While the trio did cross into Ukraine to deliver military protective gear, much of their work was in Poland – at a refugee center serving 125. READ MORE: Arlington Residents...
    Republicans want the U.S. intelligence community to increase its information-sharing with Ukraine significantly, including helping the country's military if it moves to retake the Russian-occupied territories of Crimea and the Donbas. The Russian military has abandoned its efforts surrounding the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv after a disjointed invasion launched in February and is regrouping in eastern Ukraine, with plans to carry out significant operations there. Russian leader Vladimir Putin seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 while Russian-backed separatists began seizing portions of the eastern Donbas region the same year. “We write with regard to the brutal Russian invasion and crimes in Ukraine and the need for the U.S. Intelligence Community to ensure that Ukrainian forces have the resources to counter Putin’s military,” Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans said in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. “We remain deeply concerned that not enough is being done to share critical intelligence that would assist the Ukrainians as Russian forces move to secure territory in the southern and eastern parts of the country.” The letter was...
    An American military veteran who left his job as a home renovation contractor in Connecticut to fight in Ukraine has pleaded for more weapons from the West. James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine last month and is fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with the country's military against Russia's invading forces - all while posting nerve-wracking updates on Twitter. However, the former US Army staff sergeant took to social media on Friday to share a video explaining that he had modified his own AK-47 and lacked military equipment, 'going into battle' with only three ammunition magazines and one grenade. James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine last month and is fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with the country's military against Russia's invading forces - all while posting nerve-wracking updates on Twitter Vasquez captioned the post: 'Give us some f*****g weapons please. We will not win with trash weapons.  'We need m-16’s, M-4’s, ACOG’s, red dots, ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, javelins, f*****g old AT-4s I know are probably in some storage unit. Frag grenades, and if not… may as well bring Body bags.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    BEIJING (AP) — China has sent more than 10,000 health workers from across the country to Shanghai, including 2,000 military medical staff, as it struggles to stamp out a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest city. The city was conducting a mass testing of its 25 million residents Monday as what was supposed to be a two-phase lockdown entered its second week. While many factories and financial firms have been able to keep operating by isolating their employees, concern was growing about the potential economic impact of an extended lockdown in China’s financial capital and a major shipping and manufacturing center. The highly contagious omicron BA.2 form of the virus is testing China’s ability to maintain its zero-COVID approach, which aims to stop outbreaks from spreading by isolating everyone who tests positive, whether they have symptoms or not. Shanghai has converted an exhibition hall and other facilities into massive isolation centers where people with mild or no symptoms are housed in a sea of beds separated by temporary partitions. China on Monday reported more than 13,000 new cases...
    Jon Stewart has demanded that Congress take action to help members of the military who became ill after inhaling toxic material in the line of duty. Stewart has become one of the nation's most high-profile and powerful campaigners for veterans' health, since stepping down from The Daily Show in 2015. On Tuesday he was in Washington DC, flanked by members of Congress, to argue for the passing of the Honoring Our Pact Act, which would make any veteran who served in the war on terror - including 9/11 first responders - eligible for care and benefits for numerous cancers and breathing ailments. Stewart, 59, berated politicians for dragging their heels on the bill, and said they did not appreciate the gravity of the situation. 'You want to do it here? Let's dig a giant f****** pit 10 acres long and burn everything in Washington with jet fuel,' said Stewart. 'And then let me know how long they want to wait before they think it's gonna cause some health problems.' Jon Stewart is seen on Tuesday calling on Congress to pass...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon may have to ask Congress for additional money to support Ukraine’s battle against Russia’s invasion, including to replenish America’s arsenal for weapons sent to Kyiv, officials said Monday. Rolling out the Defense Department’s $773 billion request for fiscal 2023, Pentagon leaders said the budget was finalized before the invasion so it has no specific money for the war. Congress approved a $13.5 billion emergency funding package in early March. The leaders said it was too early to predict how quickly Ukrainian forces will use up the weapons and ammunition already being provided, and how much the U.S. will need to replace what it sends to Ukraine, such as Stinger and Javelin missiles or body armor and other equipment. “We’ll have to look at this again, probably in the summer, to be prepared for some of the more difficult options,” said Pentagon comptroller Michael McCord. “In the initial phases, at least, obviously we have been running through that drawdown at a fairly high rate. So, were that to continue, yes, we probably would need to address...
    Mail and his family. (Courtesy GoFundMe) A teacher in Maryland is working to help a family that had to flee its home in Ukraine. “Your heart kind of breaks for them,” said John Broadwater, of Allegany County, Maryland. Broadwater teaches English to students around the world through an online education platform called Outschool, and one of his students is a 5-year-old boy named Milan, who lived in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv until the Russian invasion began. “They were woken up by the bombings and they had to pack up and leave right away,” Broadwater said. “They were in a survival mode.” Broadwater said he has talked with the family frequently, including through a video call on Wednesday. According to Broadwater, the family was able to make it to Romania and then Denmark. He launched a GoFundMe page to help with living expenses. “This is one small way that I can personally help someone who I’ve taught online,” Broadwater said. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, sharply criticized Russia in a speech in front of the...
    A former care worker from Britain who became a Marine in the Ukranian military has released two videos from the outskirts of the besieged city of Mariupol begging Western politicians to do more to aid the stricken city. Aiden Aslin, 28, moved to Ukraine in 2018 after falling in love with a woman from Mykolaiv, another Black Sea port close to Odesa. He is now in his fourth year with the Ukranian armed forces and was due to get married this Spring and complete his service in September. But the war has put paid to any plans.
    Ukraine is said to be quickly running out of the weapons it needs to hold off Russian forces – and has called on France and Germany to send more arms. The military only has two weeks before it uses up its supply of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba reportedly told friends last week. And he said the situation had only ‘partially improved’ after Western countries sent additional weapons in recent days. Volunteer civilians practice combat tactics during a military training in Kyiv, Ukraine on March RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Putin is accused of using banned white phosphorus incendiary... Mariupol is hit by two 'super powerful bombs' as Ukrainian... NATO forces show off their hardware as 'Operation Cold... Share this article Share Paul Grod, president of the non-profit organisation Ukrainian World Congress, told The Times that some countries were failing to fulfil their military pledges. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is understood to have told Boris Johnson that Ukraine is getting through a week’s worth of...
    FRANCE, Germany and Italy side-stepped an arms embargo to sell weapons to Vladimir Putin that are being used to slaughter Ukrainians. On a day of shame for the EU, it emerged ten member states sold hundreds of millions of pounds of military kit to Russia between 2015 and 2020. 2France, Germany and Italy side-stepped an arms embargo to sell weapons to Vladimir Putin 2Ten EU countries sold hundreds of millions of pounds of military kit to Russia between 2015 and 2020 Paris sent bombs, rockets and explosives, as well as thermal-imaging cameras for 1,000 tanks and infra-red detectors for jets. Berlin sold rifles and Rome provided armoured cars. EU states, including then-member Britain, hit Russia with a weapons embargo in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea. But a loophole allowed countries and firms to fulfil contracts they had previously signed with Russia. Read more on UkraineHOW COULD HE? Kids feared dead as Putin bombs shelter 20 mins after it appears on newsPEACE PROSPECTS Russia-Ukraine peace talks explained And a probe by Investigate Europe shows EU27 states issued more than 1,000...
    Tributes have been paid to a combat medic and mother who was killed battling Russian troops in Ukraine.  Olga Semidyanova was fatally injured during a firefight in the city of near Donetsk in the south of the country and it was reported the 48-year-old continued fighting after much of her unit had been killed. According to Ms Semidyanova's family, she was killed by a shot to her stomach but her body has yet to be recovered because of continued fighting in the area which has left her family distraught. Tributes have been paid to Olga Semidyanova who has been killed battling Russian troops The combat medic and mother of 12 children has served in the Ukrainian army since 2014 Her daughter, Julia, told the Sun: 'She saved the soldiers to the last. We have photos from the place of death — but due to heavy fighting we still can't bury my mother.'  The medic, who had the honorary title 'Mother Heroine', had served in the military since 2014 and was killed on the border between Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate passes resolution supporting Putin war crime probe Lawmakers raise pressure on White House to back Poland plan Graham goes quiet on Biden's Supreme Court pick MORE (R-S.C.) introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging President BidenJoe BidenUngar-Sargon: Working class hit hardest by inflation Nevada county to consider counting all ballots by hand Biden to announce B in Ukraine military aid: report MORE to help facilitate the transfer of planes and air defense systems to Ukraine. Graham's non-binding resolution, which is backed by nine other GOP senators, would throw formal Senate support behind encouraging Biden to "support the transfer of aircraft, such as MiG-29s, and air defense systems to Ukraine" and give Senate backing to efforts by other countries to transfer planes or air defense systems to Ukraine. “I'm urging the Senate to speak with one voice, to meet the moment ... If we had a vote on the resolution to supply the Ukrainian military with the MiG fighters and other air defense systems, it would be a shot in the arm to Ukrainian people and their...
    By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is sending more anti-aircraft, anti-armor weapons and drones to Ukraine to assist in its defense against Russia. The president’s comments came as he formally announced his administration was sending an additional $800 million in military assistance to Ukraine, making a total of $2 billion in such aid sent to Kyiv since Biden took office more than a year ago. About $1 billion in aid has been sent in just the last week. “We’re going to give Ukraine the arms to fight and defend themselves through all the difficult days ahead,” Biden said. Biden spoke hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a video address to members of U.S. Congress in which he made an impassioned plea for the U.S. and West to provide more help to save his young democracy than world leaders have so far pledged to provide. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy summoned the memory of Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11,...
    By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is sending more anti-aircraft, anti-armor weapons and drones to Ukraine to assist in its defense against Russia The president’s comments came as he formally announced his administration was sending an additional $800 million in military assistance to Ukraine, making a total of $2 billion in such aid sent to Kyiv since Biden took office more than a year ago. About $1 billion in aid has been sent in just the last week. “We’re going to give Ukraine the arms to fight and defend themselves through all the difficult days ahead,” Biden said. Biden spoke hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a video address to members of U.S. Congress in which he made an impassioned plea for the U.S. and West to provide more help to save his young democracy than world leaders have so far pledged to provide. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy summoned the memory of Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11,...
    VIDEO1:5701:57China won't be sanctioned for not distancing itself from Russia: Kissinger InstituteSquawk Box Asia China risks paying "high reputational costs" should it decide to assist Russia in its war against Ukraine, according to one political analyst. Even if China wanted to "bail out" Russia — either financially or economically — its capacity to do so is very limited, said Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. "Much of Russia's exposure, China's exposure to the international financial system remains in U.S. dollars — not in robles and the Chinese currency RMB. They could make a slight difference at the margin, but [China] would pay a pretty high reputational costs for doing that," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Tuesday. On Monday, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan held an "intense" seven-hour meeting with China's top foreign policy advisor Yang Jiechi in Rome. At the meeting, Sullivan conveyed to Chinese officials that the U.S. is concerned Beijing may attempt to help Russia blunt global sanctions. The trip came amid reports that Moscow asked China to help provide military...
    Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces examine new armament, including NLAW anti-tank systems and other portable anti-tank grenade launchers, in Kyiv on March 9, 2022, amid the ongoing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Genya Savilov | Afp | Getty Images As the war between Ukraine and Russia drags on, it is clear that Ukraine has mounted a far better resistance to Russian forces than many expected. But to continue to do so, it will need more help from the West. This continued support, defense experts and strategists argue, could make or break Ukraine's resistance and even tilt the war's outcome in Ukraine's favor, something that seemed unimaginable when Russia invaded two weeks ago. "There can be a point where this balance [in the war] is shifted in favour of Ukraine," Wojciech Lorenz, a senior analyst at the International Security Programme at The Polish Institute of International Affairs, told CNBC Thursday. Additional support from NATO's individual members in the form of arms shipments, intelligence and other forms of aid "really makes a difference and is why Russia is doing so badly," he...
    An emergency medicine doctor in Indian Wells who leads a team of medical personnel with military and law enforcement experience said several of his members are in Ukraine helping to train combat medics.Dr. Dan Olesnicky, who also has 20 years of SWAT team experience, said it's a mission that hits close to home because he has family in Ukraine."I'm of Ukrainian heritage, first generation American born, and we kind of knew this was stewing and ready to go in Ukraine," said Olesnicky. "It was either going to be blustering and saber-rattling or it was going to be the real deal. But you have to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best, so we were ready."Where there's warlords who are shooting people and security is not guaranteed, our guys go there."While Olesnicky didn't want to disclose tactical details of his team's movements and didn't even want to say how many of them are currently in Ukraine, he said they're all well aware of the danger they're facing."The teams that are out there, they're intent is not to engage...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- 13 days ago Oksana was a project manager at a local bank in Kyiv. Now, she's dressed in tactical gear fighting for her country."About five minutes ago we heard a rocket fly over heads here above our house. I just understand that at this time anything can change within minutes," said Oksana.Oksana has become the lifeline for many in her city. From early hours in the morning until night fall before the curfew, she maneuvers her way through the city while bombs are destroying everything around her. She decided to stay back to help."After this conversation I will be getting on a phone call with a surgeon because they have a list for me to find and provide them with whatever they need for surgeries," said Oksana.RELATED: Ukrainian woman weds fiancé in US days before returning home to fight against Russian attacks EMBED More News Videos A Ukrainian woman wed her Oak Park, Illinois fiancé before returning to Ukraine to fight in the war against Russia as Vladimir Putin advances attacks. For safety reason we're leaving...
    By Maegan Vazquez | CNN President Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed to help veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan get the care they need, pledging that the United States would not make the same mistakes it did following Vietnam War, when veterans struggled to attain federal benefits after being exposed to Agent Orange. The comments came during Biden’s trip to Fort Worth, Texas, where the President met with veterans and discussed a newly proposed federal rule that would add certain rare respiratory cancers believed to be tied to environmental exposures on the job to the list of disabilities considered to be connected to military service. He also called on Congress to pass legislation that would assist veterans exposed to toxic substances. It’s an issue that hits close to home for the President. Biden has said he believes burn pits may have caused the brain cancer that killed his son Beau — an Iraq War veteran who died in 2015 — but has noted he “can’t prove it yet.” Biden has vowed to fund research on the long-term...
    Ukraine will become the first nation to mint its own nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, as it strives to use cryptocurrency to fund its defense against Russia. Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov announced on Thursday that Ukraine was canceling a previously scheduled "airdrop" and would announce its series of NFTs to fund the country's military. "After careful consideration, we decided to cancel airdrop," tweeted Fedorov. "Every day, there are more and more people willing to help Ukraine to fight back the [aggression]. Instead, we will announce NFTs to support Ukrainian Armed Forces soon. We DO NOT HAVE any plans to issue any fungible tokens." UKRAINE RECEIVES $42 MILLION IN CRYPTOCURRENCY DONATIONS TOWARD WAR EFFORTS The Ukrainian official did not release any additional details about what those NFTs would entail. An airdrop, in cryptocurrency terms, is when a new crypto or blockchain project sends free tokens to members of a select community to market the project. They're often sent to individuals who have previously made transactions with a community or product. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
    (CNN)The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday aimed at helping veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.The legislation is called the Honoring our PACT Act, which stands for Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics. It was introduced by House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano, a California Democrat, and has bipartisan support. The bill would expand health care eligibility for former military service members exposed to burn pits and other toxins and could provide coverage for up to 3.5 million veterans.Burn pits were used to incinerate and burn waste, hazardous material, and chemical compounds at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2020 member survey by the advocacy organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found that 86% of respondents were exposed to burn pits or other toxins.The Senate has its own version of the bill, meaning the two chambers will have to reconcile the differences between their bills and likely re-vote on the final package before sending it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.Biden described the horrors of burn pit exposure during his State of the Union address...