- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian troops have occupied about 20 percent of his country’s territory.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive the head of the African Union for talks on grain stocks and political cooperation.
- The US has announced new sanctions against Russian officials, oligarchs and businessmen associated with Putin.
- UN deputy chief Martin Griffiths is in Moscow to discuss grain and other food exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, a UN spokesman said.
Here are all the latest updates:
US State Department defends advanced weapons for Ukraine
State Department spokesman Ned Price has defended the US position that it supplied Ukraine with advanced weapons after being assured that the country would not attack Russian territory.
“We want to do everything we can to strengthen the hand of our Ukrainian partners, both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” Price said at a regular news conference.
“But we also want to make sure that we don’t do anything or that the international community doesn’t do anything that would unnecessarily prolong this conflict,” he said.
Biden meets NATO’s Stoltenberg in Washington
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, during a meeting aimed at preparing for the NATO summit to be held in Madrid at the end of June. meeting.
“Leaders discussed the implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for transatlantic security and the importance of strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense, in addition to ensuring the appropriate resources for NATO to target a wide range of address challenges from cyber to climate change,” the document said.
US adds 71 new Russian, Belarusian companies to blacklist
The US has added 71 new Russian and Belarusian entities to its blacklist, including aircraft factories and shipbuilding and research institutes.
The export restrictions include the Russian Academy of Sciences. In total, the Ministry of Commerce has added 322 entities to its economic blacklist for support to the Russian military since February.
UN deputy chief in Moscow to discuss Ukraine’s grain exports
Martin Griffiths, head of the United Nations aid agency, is in Moscow to discuss grain and other food exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, a UN spokesman said.
Griffiths will meet with Russian officials days after another senior UN official, Rebecca Grynspan, had “constructive” talks in Moscow with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov about accelerating Russia’s grain and fertilizer exports.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seeking a “package deal” to resume both Ukrainian food exports and Russian food and fertilizer exports disrupted by the war.
“The situation remains fluid. The Secretary General and the two key people he has appointed to work on this, Rebecca Grynspan and Martin Griffiths, we will do everything and go where we need to go to move this project forward,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Zelenskyy pushes for more weapons as war enters 100th day
Zelenskyy has urged the country’s western allies to provide more weapons to help Ukraine reach an “inflection point” and be victorious in the war.
Zelenskyy told Luxembourg’s parliament via video link that Russian troops now occupy about a fifth of Ukraine’s territory as the invasion entered its 100th day on Friday.
Speaking separately to a forum in Slovakia, Zelenskyy said more arms supplies in favor of Ukraine “would ensure a tipping point in this confrontation”.
US sanctions Russian officials, oligarchs, Putin’s mega yachts
The US has announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting an oligarch who heads a major steelmaker, a yacht management company, the spokeswoman for the country’s State Department and a cellist.
“Today’s action demonstrates that Treasury can and will go after those responsible for protecting and preserving these ill-gotten interests,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement.
“We will continue to enforce our sanctions and expose the corrupt systems through which President Putin and his elites enrich themselves,” Nelson added.
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New US Ambassador to Ukraine Submits Credentials to Zelenskyy in Kiev
The new US ambassador to Ukraine has said she has given her credentials to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the US embassy resumes work in the capital Kiev.
Bridget Brink praised Zelenskyy as “a symbol of courage and bravery around the world”.
“As I have told him, my team and I will do everything we can to help Ukraine defend itself, hold Russia accountable for atrocities and help rebuild Ukraine,” she wrote on Twitter.
Honored to hand over my credentials to @ZelenskyyUa, which has become a symbol of courage and courage around the world. As I told him, my team and I will do everything we can to help Ukraine defend itself, hold Russia accountable for atrocities and help rebuild Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/GqwPCyWh3t
— Ambassador Bridget A. Brink (@USAmbKyiv) June 2, 2022
Blinken discusses ‘urgency’ of aid to Ukraine in talks with British counterpart
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed “the urgency of continued support for Ukraine” in talks with his British counterpart, Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss.
That support includes “essential humanitarian and security assistance,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a presentation of the appeal between the two leaders.
The secretary reaffirmed the importance of transatlantic unity to hold to account those who support the Kremlin’s war of choice, and to ensure that essential agricultural commodities can leave Ukraine to supply the world with critical food supplies. the explanation.
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