Russian Major General Killed In Ukraine At End Of February

Russian Major General Killed In Ukraine At End Of February

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1 min agoRussian major general killed in Ukraine at end of FebruaryFrom CNN’s Paul P. Murphy and Josh Pennington

Russian Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky seen in March of 2021. (Sergei Malgavko/TASS/Sipa USA)Russian Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed while fighting in Ukraine, according to a statement from the Novorossiysk city government in Russia on March 3.

In the statement, the government said Sukhovetsky — the deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Russian Ground Forces — died on Feb. 28 “while performing a combat mission during a special operation in Ukraine.”

Sukhovetsky had previously served in the Russian military during operations in the North Caucasus region and Syria, the statement said. 

21 min agoUS Senate passes government funding bill with $13.6 billion in Ukraine aidFrom CNN’s Clare Foran, Ali Zaslav, Ted Barrett 

The US Senate has voted on a bipartisan basis to pass the massive $1.5 trillion government funding bill that includes $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine.

The final tally was 68 to 31. 

The bill, which the House passed Wednesday evening, can now be sent to President Joe Biden for his signature.

What the Ukraine aid includes: Of the $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine, money is set aside for humanitarian, defense, and economic assistance. The bill also includes provisions for sanctions enforcement.

The emergency aid package sets aside $4 billion to help refugees who have fled or were displaced within the country and it increases the President’s authority for defense equipment transfer to Ukraine and other allied nations to $3 billion, according to a fact sheet from the House Appropriations Committee.

36 min agoBiden to announce US will move to revoke most-favored-nation status for RussiaFrom CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

President Joe Biden will announce Friday that the US, along with the G7 and European Union, will call for revoking “Most Favored Nation” status for Russia, referred to as permanent normal trade relations in the US, sources familiar with the move tell CNN.

Each country is expected to implement this measure based on its own national processes. The sources made note of congressional efforts to revoke Russia’s permanent normal trade relations.

The move would require an act of Congress.

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56 min agoUS warns Russia is “gaslighting the world” as UN Security Council discusses chemical weapons claimsFrom CNN’s Senior UN Correspondent Richard Roth

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting Friday at the request of Russia about an allegation the United States is using chemical weapons in Ukraine.

The US’ UN Mission spokeswoman Olivia Dalton said the move was “exactly the kind of false flag effort we have warned Russia might initiate to justify a biological or chemical weapons attack.”

“Russia has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons and has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law. Russia also has a track record of falsely accusing the West of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetrating,” Dalton said.

“We’re not going to let Russia get away with gaslighting the world or using the UN Security Council as a venue for promoting their disinformation.”

Some context: At a UN meeting Thursday, Russia accused the US of funding research for chemical weapons in Ukraine. Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki slammed the allegations as “false claims.”  

1 hr 54 min agoUkraine asks to withdraw more than 300 peacekeepers from UN missionsFrom CNN’s Richard Roth and Laura Studley

Ukraine has requested to withdraw more than 300 peacekeepers from five operations, a United Nations representative said Thursday.

According to UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the peacekeepers are in Mali, Cyprus, Kosovo, South Sudan and Abyei — a disputed border region claimed by Sudan and South Sudan.

This includes 250 troops, 36 staff officers and experts on mission and 22 police officers —  a total of 308 personnel from Ukraine.

“It is the right of any member state to withdraw, and we do need to thank the Ukrainian personnel and the use of their equipment for their longstanding contribution to peace operations and obviously the individual peacekeepers themselves as well,” Dujarric said. Additional peacekeepers from other regions will remain in these five locations.

“We are in discussions with other states to maintain our troop capabilities in all those missions,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General told CNN Thursday. 

It comes after an earlier Ukrainian request to withdraw peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2 hr 3 min agoUkraine has lost all communications with Chernobyl, UN nuclear watchdog saysFrom CNN’s Hira Humayun

Ukraine has lost all communications with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement Thursday.

The statement comes a day after the Russian-controlled site lost external power supplies.

Power to the site: IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi said the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is aware of reports that power has been restored to the site and is looking for confirmation.

Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine’s regulatory authority told the IAEA that emergency generators were providing electricity to the Chernobyl plant.

“The subsequent loss of communication meant that the regulator could no longer provide updated information about the site to the IAEA,” the statement read.

IAEA cited the Ukrainian regulatory authority, saying: “According to the information received before the loss of communication, both of the site’s power lines had been damaged, in effect disconnecting it from the grid.”

Effect of the disconnection: The IAEA statement said the disconnection from the grid “will not have a critical impact on essential safety functions at the site, where various radioactive waste management facilities are located, as the volume of cooling water in the spent fuel facility is sufficient to maintain heat removal without a supply of electricity.” 

According to the IAEA, Ukraine’s regulator said eight of the country’s 15 reactors remained operating, including two at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, three at Rivne, one at Khmelnytsky and two at South Ukraine. Radiation levels at the four sites were normal, it said.

Grossi also said the IAEA is in touch with Ukrainian authorities about radiation monitoring systems in Ukraine.

The IAEA has not been able to re-establ

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