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Biden Makes Surprise Trip to Ukraine Amid Anti-war Rally at Home

Feb 20, 2023

“Billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being torched at the altar of U.S. hegemony, the military-industrial complex, and a corrupt Congress,” people protesting in Washington DC said.

On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Kyiv, one day after thousands rallied in Washington to protest against the United States’ war-mongering foreign policy and its role in various conflicts across the globe.

He held talks with his Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the situation on the frontline and announced an additional US$500 million in military aid for Ukraine on top of the more than US$50 billion already promised.

The U.S. president said the new assistance package will consist of missiles for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and Javelin anti-tank missile systems, as well as more military equipment and weapons.

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Nuland: US supports Ukraine striking targets in Crimea

Feb 20, 2023

The U.S. supports Ukrainian strikes on military targets in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, said U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

“Russia has turned Crimea into a massive military installation…those are legitimate targets, Ukraine is hitting them, and we are supporting that,” Nuland told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

“No matter what the Ukrainians decide about Crimea in terms of where they choose to fight, etcetera, Ukraine is not going to be safe unless Crimea is at a minimum demilitarised,” she added.

In response, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, has accused the U.S. of inciting Ukraine “to further escalate the war,” Reuters reported.

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US, France, and UK Divided on Support for Ukraine

Feb 19, 2023

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said London would be the first country to send long-range missiles to Kiev. Meanwhile, statements from top American and French officials indicate support for Ukraine in Washington and Paris may be weakening.

At the Munich Security Conference, Sunak said Ukraine “must win the war.” During his speech, the British leader called on other Western leaders to “double down” on their support for Kiev.

A different message is coming out of the White House. Last week, The Washington Post reported that a senior administration official said, “we will continue to try to impress upon them that we can’t do anything and everything forever.” Last month, CIA Director William Burns also told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a secret meeting, “at some point, assistance would be harder to come by.”

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Left and Right Join Together to Rage Against Ukraine War on Its One Year Anniversary

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

US informed Russia of Joe Biden’s Kyiv visit hours before departure

By Peter Beaumont in Kyiv and Julian Borger
Feb 20, 2023

The White House notified the Kremlin of Joe Biden’s intention to visit Kyiv hours before he departed for Ukraine, as the details began to emerge of how the US president pulled off his high-profile diplomatic coup.

Meticulously planned over several months by a tight circle of key advisers, Biden’s visit was described as “unprecedented in modern times” by his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, on the grounds that it was the first time a US president had visited “the capital of the country at war where the United States military does not control the critical infrastructure”.

“We did notify the Russians that President Biden will be travelling to Kyiv,” Sullivan said. “We did so some hours before his departure for deconfliction purposes, and because of the sensitive nature of those communications I won’t get into how they responded or what the precise nature of our message was, but I can confirm that we provided that notice.”

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