US Announces $400 Million Military Aid – DW – 11/10/2022

The White House on Thursday announced a new $400 million (€394 million) military aid package to Ukraine, including air defense systems.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the package included “significant air defense contributions,” including missiles for the Hawk air defense system and the US Avenger air defense system armed with the Stinger missile. said.

According to a Department of Defense statement, the package includes additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and other weapons systems, 100 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), 400 grenade launchers, an obstacle Also includes demolition equipment for object removal, cold climates. Protective equipment.

Sullivan also said the US has detected signs that Russian troops may be planning to withdraw from the Ukrainian city of Kherson.

He said Russia’s withdrawal from parts of Ukraine does not mean the war in Ukraine is over. Sullivan added that Washington had not pressured Ukraine to engage in diplomacy with Russia over the war.

Other major headlines for the war in Ukraine on Thursday, November 10 are:

Kyiv says Russia plans to ‘ruin’ Kherson

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted skeptically to Moscow’s announcement that Russian troops would withdraw from the southern Ukraine city of Kherson.

In a rare move, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised briefing on Wednesday that troops should leave the west bank of the Dnieper, where Kherson is located.

“Russian military units are maneuvering to prepare positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River in strict accordance with the approved plan,” the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Russian constituent republic of Chechnya, said he believed the withdrawal of Russian troops was the right decision.

However, Zelensky questioned the announcement, stating that “the enemy has not brought us gifts or made a ‘gesture of goodwill’.”

In his evening speech, Mr Zelensky added that any gain for Ukraine would come only at the cost of “the lives lost by our heroes”.

“[Russia] They are trying to make Kherson a “death city”. [The Russian] The military mines everything they can, including apartments, sewers, etc. The left bank artillery is planning to ruin the city,” Zelensky’s adviser Mikhaylo Podoljak said on Thursday.

A UK Defense Intelligence Agency update on Thursday said the Russian military was “under pressure from Ukraine’s attacks on Russia’s supply routes”.

The withdrawal is likely to take days as Russian forces destroy bridges and “lay mines” to stall advancing Ukrainian forces, according to an update.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said it met with Zelensky on Thursday and agreed it was the right thing to do to issue a warning about a Russian withdrawal “until the Ukrainian flag is hoisted over the city”.

DW’s Kyiv correspondent Nick Connolly said Russia’s televised announcement contradicted Moscow’s previous withdrawal from occupied Ukrainian regions.

“This is definitely a breakdown of strategy, and all talk of wanting to save the lives of Russian soldiers doesn’t really merge with what Russia is doing elsewhere,” Connolly said. Here Ukrainians believe that this announcement is a “trap”.

Can You Believe Russia’s Kherson Withdrawal Announcement?

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Spain sends two more air defense systems to Ukraine

Spain will send two more HAWK surface-to-air missile launchers to Ukraine, adding to the four it has already sent to counter a Russian aggression, the Spanish government said. Defense Minister Margarita Robles said “two additional launch pads will be sent” at the request of NATO.

Madrid announced earlier this month that it would send anti-missile and air defense systems, including four Hawk missile launchers and an Aspeed surface-to-air missile system.

“We are steadfastly committed to Ukraine because we understand that Ukraine is exercising its legitimate right to self-defense,” Robles said.

Her minister said 64 members of the Ukrainian army will be trained in explosives deactivation, demining and sniping in the central Spanish city of Toledo from next week.

It added that 21 other Ukrainian soldiers were being trained in the southern city of Almeria to handle the 105/14 howitzer, and another 19 were learning to use the Aspeed air defense system. According to the ministry, Spain plans to train about 400 Ukrainian soldiers every two months.

EU will not recognize Russian passports from occupied Ukraine

The European Union said it would not recognize Russian passports issued in parts of Ukraine annexed by Moscow.

The move also covers two regions of Georgia controlled by the Kremlin, meaning that Russian travel documents given to residents of these regions cannot be used to obtain visas or enter the Schengen area. increase.
“This decision is a response to Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted military attack on Ukraine and Russia’s practice of issuing international Russian passports to residents of the occupied territories,” the European Council said in a statement. .

The move must be formally endorsed by the European Parliament and EU member states.

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted his rights to four regions of Ukraine in a unilateral declaration that was widely rejected by the international community. Moscow also annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

Putin won’t attend G20 summit in Bali

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be visiting Bali to attend the G20 summit next week, but Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will go there.

Putin has long put aside his participation in the November 15th and 16th meetings. Indonesian President Joko Widodo had invited Putin to his summit of 20 major industrialized nations despite international condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The Russian foreign minister will come in person,” said Jodi Mahaldi, spokesman for Indonesia’s Ministry of Investment, which is in charge of coordinating the summit. The Kremlin later confirmed this.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and some Western countries had called for Russia to be expelled from the G20. Presidential spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov said Mr Zelensky would likely attend the Bali summit via video link.

NATO says Russia ‘under great pressure’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was watching how a Russian withdrawal from Kherson would play out, saying it would be “another victory for Ukraine” if confirmed. rice field.

“We will have to see how the situation on the ground develops in the coming days. But what is clear is that Russia is under tremendous pressure.”

He added that NATO will support Ukraine “as long as it is necessary”.

“The unprecedented support provided by NATO allies, including Italy, makes a difference on the battlefield every day and remains vital to Ukraine’s progress,” he said.

Meloni said her government was committed to protecting “the territorial integrity, sovereignty and freedom of Ukraine.”

Russian withdrawal shows Ukrainians executing strategy

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US top common estimate is 100,000 Russian casualties

More than 100,000 Russian servicemen have been killed or wounded in Ukraine, the top U.S. military, General Mark Milley, said.

“It’s probably the same on the Ukrainian side,” Milley said in New York.

He also said that a military victory may not be possible for both sides, so negotiations to end the war are possible.

“There needs to be a mutual recognition that military victory may not possibly be achieved by true military means, and therefore we need to look to other means,” Millie said.

“… here’s a chance, a chance to negotiate.”

Amnesty International considers Russian ‘transfer’ of civilians a war crime

Human rights group Amnesty International accused Russia of illegally deporting and deporting civilians from occupied territories in Ukraine.

in a report released Thursdayit argued that the actions amounted to war crimes and were likely crimes against humanity.

Human rights groups say the Russian military is forcibly moving civilians from occupied territories into Russian-controlled areas or inside Russia.

It also claimed that children were separated from their families and that people were subjected to “abusive selection processes known as ‘filtration’, sometimes leading to arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.”

“The separation of children from their families and the forcing of people hundreds of kilometers from their homes is further evidence of the severe suffering the Russian aggression has inflicted on the civilian population of Ukraine,” said Agnes Karamar, Executive Director of Amnesty International. is.

Human rights groups said they interviewed 88 people. Most of them were civilians from the Black Sea port of Mariupol, as well as residents of the Kharkov, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.

Moscow has evacuated thousands of civilians in recent weeks, particularly from the Kherson region, in what Kyiv describes as deportations.

Ukraine signs peace deal with Southeast Asia

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has signed a treaty on cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Kyiv’s latest bid to boost international assistance.

Despite the rather reserved stance of ASEAN countries on Russia’s war with Ukraine, the move is highly symbolic.

US President Joe Biden will attend the ASEAN summit in person.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the summit in Cambodia, nor will he attend the G20 meeting in Indonesia. Russia will send Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov instead.

Asked for comment on Ukraine’s presence at the meeting, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “This subject in general has nothing to do with us.”

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