Biden promises Ukraine aid, Zelenskyy to address Congress: LIVE UPDATES

President Zelensky is set to address Congress today at 9 a.m.

War in Ukraine upended China’s plan to invade Taiwan, alleged FSB whistleblower says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended Chinese President Xi Jinping’s timetable for invading Taiwan, according to documents purportedly written by a Russian intelligence analyst at one of Moscow’s security agencies.

“Xi Jinping was planning to at least take control of Taiwan in the fall – he needs his small victory to be re-elected for a third term – there, the struggle among the elite is colossal,” said an agent of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. , the successor agency to the KGB, reportedly wrote on March 9.

China will hold its 20th Communist Party Congress this fall, and Xi said it would be a “major event”. Analysts have predicted that Xi will either be re-elected as general secretary of the Communist Party or elected as the party’s chairman, a post that has not existed since 1982.

“Now, after the events in Ukraine, that window of opportunity has been closed to him, giving the United States the opportunity to both blackmail Xi and negotiate with its competitors on favorable terms,” ​​he added. FSB agent. “It is in this case that we have launched a trap mechanism for China with our actions.” (READ MORE)

Ukrainians in bombed cities like Mariupol face ‘inhuman suffering’: official

Russian forces attacking the port city of Mariupol left its residents “on the brink of survival,” a Ukrainian humanitarian corridors coordinator told Fox News Digital.

“In cities like Mariupol, where there is no light, water, air, heating, food, mobile communications, people are on the verge of survival,” said Tetiana Lomakina. “According to eyewitnesses, their only saving grace is that relatives, friends and neighbors help each other, cook over fires, draw water from streams or melt…snow, light their homes with kerosene lamps, sleep on the cold ground, which has caused massive illnesses in children and the elderly.”

“There is no medicine. It is inhuman suffering,” she added.

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President Zelensky awarded 139 state awards to Ukrainian soldiers

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded 139 state awards to Ukrainian soldiers, 32 of them posthumously, “For personal courage and demonstrated selfless actions in defense of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, fidelity to the military oath”.

Russia ‘systematically destroys’ Ukrainian infrastructure, government says

“Russia is systematically destroying Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, it has destroyed 3,500 infrastructures: transport, social services, health care facilities, educational institutions and social institutions. More than 2700 houses were destroyed”, noted Ukrainian State Emergency Service.

‘Proud’ Ukrainian NJ woman sells college sweaters to support her home country in wartime

As the Russian-Ukrainian war drags on, a New Jersey small business owner with deep roots in Ukraine is doing her part to help Ukrainian refugees in any way she can.

Lana Riggins, a Ukrainian-born knitwear designer, sells blue and yellow varsity sweaters to benefit a local charity that supports Ukraine.

“kyiv and Kharkiv are very dear to my heart. I have friends in both cities,” Riggins said in a phone interview.

Riggins left Ukraine for the United States in 1994 to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she said.

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US allies have seen Biden make promises he ‘doesn’t keep’: Radcliffe

Ukrainian artillerymen firing on the fly: video

Translation: “Uninvited guests will not sleep peacefully on Ukrainian soil – our gunners greet them warmly everywhere,” said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

Humanitarian aid arrives in Ukraine

Humanitarian shipments weighing 15 tons have arrived in Ukraine, including baby food from Italy, canned soups from Germany, sewing materials and medicines from the United States.

“In times of difficult trials, each of us must do our best for our common victory. And now it is very important to provide assistance to the civilian population, because people will understand that they will not be left in difficulty. and that they will always be remembered,” Lieutenant General Sergei Naev said.

Zelenskyy set to address Congress via Zoom

President Zelenskyy invites world leaders to Kyiv to see the destruction first hand

President Volodymyr Zelensky during a speech after 20 days of war: “I invite all friends of Ukraine to visit kyiv. It can be dangerous here, because our skies are not yet closed to Russian missiles and planes.”

Negotiations are ‘very difficult’ but will continue, Ukrainian official says

A Ukrainian official said negotiations with Russia to end the war were “very difficult” because there are “fundamental contradictions”, but said they would continue.

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, added: “There is definitely room for compromise.”

“We will continue tomorrow. A very difficult and viscous negotiation process. There are fundamental contradictions. But there is certainly room for compromise,” Podolyak tweeted.

Kamala Harris’ now-deleted tweet claimed US backs Ukraine ‘in defense of NATO alliance’

A social media account of Vice President Kamala Harris said in a now-deleted tweet on Tuesday that the United States supports Ukraine “in defense of the NATO alliance”, which Ukraine does not part.

“When I was in Poland, I met with American and Polish servicemen, thanking them for standing with our NATO allies for freedom, peace and security,” said a tweet from the account @ KamalaHarris. “The United States stands firmly with the people of Ukraine in defending the NATO alliance.”

The remarks made in the tweet, which featured a photo of Harris saluting U.S. and Polish service members, follow similar statements she made while addressing House Democrats at the weekend meeting. Democratic National Committee (DNC) winter in DC.

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Zelenskyy’s speech to Congress could be the most important by a foreign leader since Churchill in 1941

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not be the first world leader to address both the House and the Senate when he speaks virtually tomorrow. But that could be the most a world leader has had at stake when addressing Congress in 81 years.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed Congress on December 26, 1941, weeks after the United States entered World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Churchill addressed lawmakers in the Senate chamber in front of movie cameras and added klieg lights. Several microphones from NBC, CBS and MBS (the Mutual Broadcasting System) popped up in front of Churchill on the Senate dais.

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Biden promises more aid to Ukraine

After signing a massive $1.5 trillion government funding bill (which includes $13.5 billion in aid to Ukraine) on Tuesday, President Biden will announce more than $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

The president will announce additional funding of $800 million, on top of the $200 million announced on Saturday.

The funding comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prepares to deliver a remote speech to Congress on Wednesday, in which he is expected to present a list of equipment Ukrainians believe they need to repel the Russian invasion.

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