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US May Send Fighter Jets to Ukraine; Natural gas flows from Russia to Europe again: live Ukraine updates

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A top US military general says the United States and its allies are considering providing fighter jets to Ukraine, a decision that would sharply increase the level of weapons sent to Kiev.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown said the jets could come from the US or its allies.

“I can’t guess what plane they get on,” Brown said In an interview at the Aspen Security Forum. “

President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested the fighter jets for months, saying Russia’s air superiority is a major obstacle in his country’s efforts to repel aggression. In March, the US And NATO rejected Poland’s proposal to send its Russian-made MiGs to Ukraine. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said at the time that the proposal could be “misguided as escalation” and could provoke a Russian military confrontation with NATO.

Brown said Wednesday that Russian MiGs would not be sent to Ukraine, laughing that it would be “more difficult to get parts” from the Russians.

“It would be something un-Russian,” he said. “I can probably tell you that, but I can’t tell you exactly what it’s going to be.”

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►Colleen Calapil, who heads the Economic and Social Council known as ECOSOC, said funding for critical UN development goals, including ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030, could be neglected by Western donor nations that support Ukraine militarily and financially. can be ignored. His war against Russia.

Natural gas flows again from Russia to Europe

Natural gas began flowing through a major pipeline from Russia to Europe on Thursday after a 10-day shutdown for maintenance, the operator said. But gas flow was expected to fall below full capacity. Amid rising tensions over Russia’s war in Ukraine, German officials feared the pipeline might not reopen at all. It is the country’s main source of Russian gas, accounting for a third of Germany’s gas supply.

On Wednesday, the European Commission urged member states to immediately cut natural gas consumption by 15% or face cold homes and struggling economies this winter. Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warned that Russia was using gas as a “weapon” in its war with Ukraine.

US plans to send more rocket launchers to Ukraine

The Pentagon is sending four more rocket artillery launchers to Ukraine as its defense against Russia in the country’s east continues in what has become an increasingly brutal war of attrition, top US military leaders said Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the additional high mobility artillery rocket systems would bring the number of long-range missile launchers provided to the Ukrainian military to 16.

HIMARS systems can fire rockets with precision greater than 40 miles and have been used to destroy Russian command posts and supply depots.

Russia’s war aims have been cut since mid-April after it abandoned its offensive against the Ukrainian capital Kiev. President Vladimir Putin has repositioned Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and waged a war dependent on saturating towns and villages with thousands of rockets a day, said Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“Russia is continuing its relentless firing, and it’s a brutal tactic that harkens back to the horrors of World War I,” Austin said.

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‘When Russia kills, America saves’: Ukraine’s first lady thanks Congress

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska on Wednesday urged the US to provide more weapons for her country’s fight “for our shared values ​​of human life”. In her address to Congress, Zelenska thanked the US for the billions of dollars already committed.

“You help us and your help is very strong,” said Zelenska. “When Russia kills, America saves, and you should know about it. We thank you for that.”

Zelenska showed photos of children and families destroyed by Russia’s relentless missile attacks on Ukrainian cities. She pleaded for more U.S. air defense weapons to deter the Russian military — “not kill babies in their strollers.”

Zelenska met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday and President Joe Biden on Tuesday, who tweeted after their meeting, “Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska embodies the tenacity and resilience of the country she belongs to.”

Contributed by: Associated Press

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