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War in Ukraine is ‘not the United States’ fight,’ Defense Secretary Austin says: Live updates

War in Ukraine is ‘not the United States’ fight,’ Defense Secretary Austin says: Live updates


America has sent tens of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, a few of it in navy help. On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed a $40 billion aid package that included extra than $20 billion for the Pentagon to supply weapons, intelligence, and coaching to Ukraine.

However the U.S. has avoided sending American troops to the war-torn nation. Bringing American forces again to Ukraine would require “presidential choices,” Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated Monday at a press convention.

“I believe that is Ukraine’s combat,” Austin stated. “It isn’t america’ combat.  We’re doing all the things that we will to make it possible for we’re supporting them of their effort to defend their sovereign territory.”

In the meantime, Biden informed fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they had been navigating “a darkish hour in our shared historical past” attributable to Russia’s brutal conflict on Ukraine and he urged the group to make a higher effort to cease Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

“That is greater than only a European difficulty. It’s a world difficulty,” Biden stated because the “Quad” summit with Japan, Australia and India acquired underway. Whereas he didn’t immediately name out any nations, Biden’s message seemed to be pointed, at the very least partially, at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom variations persist over how to reply to the Russian invasion.

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Newest developments:

►Vladimir Saldo, put in by Russia as governor of Ukraine’s southern Kherson area, stated the world could have twin forex — Russian rubles and Ukrainian hryvnyas — beginning Monday.

►A veteran Russian diplomat to the U.N. Workplace at Geneva resigned his post Monday, saying he’s “ashamed” of his nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

America and Britain accused Russia of manipulating public opinion and spreading disinformation concerning the conflict in Ukraine by conducting cyberattacks and censoring content material.

Britain’s deputy ambassador James Roscoe stated to a U.N. Safety Council that Russia used cyberattacks and “a web based troll manufacturing facility to unfold disinformation and manipulate public opinion about their conflict.”

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated the Russian authorities “continues to close down, prohibit and degrade web connectivity, censor content material, unfold disinformation on-line, and intimidate and arrest journalists for reporting the reality about its invasion.”

Russia has passed strong censorship laws, threatening people with as much as 15 years of jail for publishing info that runs counter to Russia’s narrative concerning the invasion.

Contributing: The Related Press

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