Saturday is the 367th day of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian army said that Russia has doubled the number of ships in the Black Sea, which could mean preparations for more missile attacks. The Argentine government, in a communiqué issued on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, condemned the invasion and called for negotiations to end the war. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> President of the USA Joe Biden said in an interview with ABC News that the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky no need for F-16 fighters now. Thus, he ruled out sending this type of aircraft to Ukraine in the near future.
> In the same interview, Biden stated that the idea of China negotiating an end war in Ukraineis not rational. – Putin approves of this plan, so how can it be a good thing? Biden said. “I didn’t see anything in the plan that would indicate that there is anything that would benefit anyone outside of Russia,” he added.
> The Ukrainian army said on Friday evening that Russia had doubled the number of ships in the Black Sea, which could mean preparations for more missile attacks on Ukraine. “In the Black Sea, the fleet of warships has doubled compared to this morning – it is now eight ships,” the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces South said on Facebook.
> The US Department of Defense reported that after the statement of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin the suspension of Moscow’s participation in the New START treaty, there are no changes in the position of the Russian strategic nuclear forces.
> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Canada will provide Ukraine with another four Leopard 2 tanks, ammunition, CAD 32 million to strengthen security and impose new sanctions on Russia, including members of the government and the office of the President of Russia.
> The US State Department announced that together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Finance, it decided to allocate over $10 billion to help Ukraine.
> The Argentine government, in a communiqué issued on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, condemned the invasion and called for negotiations to end the war.
> The British Financial Times reported that at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military shot down several of its own military aircraft. As a result of this “fratricide” Russia began to lack experienced pilots willing to fly, without whom the Kremlin could not achieve complete air superiority over the Ukrainian skies.
> Lithuania, which is inhabited by less than three million people, has raised 14 million euros in a social campaign in four weeks for the purchase of Israeli-made radars for Ukraine.
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