Ukrainian parliamentarians express gratitude after UK defense minister calls for more thanks from Kiev
Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksiy Goncharenko thanked him on twitter Britain’s Defense Minister Ben Wallace said a day after British politicians called on Kiev to show more gratitude to solicit more donations from Western politicians.
“I just want to say thank you very much.” @BWallaceMP For everything he has done for Ukraine. Britain has always supported us and is one of our most important allies. They provided us with weapons (many weapons) and provided humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, I was told that yesterday. But Ben Wallace has done a lot for our country,” Goncharenko said.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
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The UK has been a staunch supporter and aid provider to Kiev since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year.
“People want to show gratitude, whether they like it or not.” According to Reuters, Wallace said: At the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, July 12. His comments came against the backdrop of criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the US-led military alliance had not yet extended its invitation to join Kiev.
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Zelensky welcomes ‘good outcome’ of NATO summit despite no invitation to join alliance
“For the first time since independence, we have laid the security foundations for Ukraine for NATO membership,” Zelensky said on Twitter.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the “good outcome” of the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania this week, pointing to the security guarantees and news weapon package by the G7 countries.
“For the first time since independence, we have laid the security foundations for Ukraine for NATO membership,” Zelensky said on Twitter. “These are concrete security affirmations by the top seven democracies in the world. Never before has there been such a security foundation, this is the level of the G7. We will build a new legally-binding architecture: bilateral security treaties with the most powerful countries. ”
The Ukrainian leader’s positive tone is a stark contrast from Tuesday when he accused NATO of being “ridiculous” for not providing a timetable for Ukraine to join the alliance. The leaders of NATO member states have clarified that Ukraine has a future status within NATO, but that no action can be taken on this front while the country is still at war.
President Zelensky accepted Wednesday, calling it “understandable” and expressing confidence that Ukraine will join the alliance once the war is over.
“Never before have the words ‘you are equals of equals’ to Ukraine from other NATO members sound really meaningful,” he wrote in his post.
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Russia resumes airstrikes on Kiev for three nights, one dead, mayor says
Russia has launched airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital Kiev for three nights in a row, Kiev Military Governor Serhiy Popko said. Said in a google translated comment on telegram. About a dozen Russian targets were destroyed.
“Tonight there was a massive attack by an Iranian drone,” Popko said in her post.
The attack caused debris to fall in five districts. One person was found dead in one of the affected areas, Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko Podirsky. told Telegram Thursday, According to Google Translate. Popko separately reported that a 19-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man were injured.
Russian military deploys 20 Iranian Shahid drones to attack northeastern and southeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Air Force said on telegramAccording to Google Translate.
The newspaper reported that “all 20 attack drones were destroyed, mainly in the Kiev region.”
Moscow resumed its offensive on Kiev earlier in the week, which coincided with the start of a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, focused on supporting Ukraine.
CNBC was unable to independently verify the deployment on the ground.
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Kremlin vows to respond to NATO summit developments “with all means and methods at its disposal”
Russian police patrol the Red Square in Moscow on April 26, 2023.
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The Kremlin has condemned the deployment of a NATO summit in the Lithuanian capital, saying the alliance has returned to “Cold War planning”.
“Given the identified challenges and threats to Russia’s security and interests, we will respond in a timely and appropriate manner using all available means and methods,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. written in a statementAccording to Google Translate.
“In addition to the decisions already taken, we will continue to strengthen our military structure and the country’s defense system,” the statement added.
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Biden Reaffirms Commitment to NATO, Ukraine: ‘We Are Unwavering’
US President Joe Biden speaks at the University of Vilnius during the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, July 12, 2023.
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President Joe Biden reaffirmed U.S. commitments to NATO and Ukraine after a two-day alliance summit in the Lithuanian capital.
Biden, who faces reelection next year and has played a large part in helping Ukraine’s security, said it was “our life’s mission” to support Kiev’s democracy.
Since the Russian invasion began in earnest last year, the United States has secured more than $41 billion worth of war funds in Kiev.
“We did what we always do: America is stronger, NATO is stronger, our partners in the Indo-Pacific are stronger,” Biden said in a speech in Vilnius. “We are steadfast,” he said.
Read the full article here.
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