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Russia's war on Ukraine latest: Biden visited Kyiv
Russia's war on Ukraine latest: Biden visited Kyiv
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Russia's war on Ukraine latest: Biden visited Kyiv
by DZRH News21 February 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden embraces Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as they visit the Wall of Remembrance to pay tribute to killed Ukrainian soldiers, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 20, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Monday, promising to stand with Ukraine as long as it takes, on a trip timed to upstage the Kremlin ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion.

DIPLOMACY

* Biden promised new military aid for Ukraine worth $500 million during the visit to Kyiv and said more sanctions would be announced this week against the Russian elite and companies. Biden later arrived in Warsaw, television footage showed.

* Biden is scheduled to meet in Warsaw with Poland's President Andrzej Duda, along with other leaders of countries on NATO's eastern flank.

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* China told the United States to keep out of its relationship with Russia, just as Beijing's top diplomat prepared for a visit to Moscow with proposals for a political settlement to the war.

* The United States and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned China against supporting Russia. Zelenskiy said doing so would bring on a world war.

* Later, Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address that a world order based on rules and humanity depends on how events play out in his county.

* Ukraine is hoping to clinch a multi-year support programme of at least $15 billion, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said after meeting International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva.

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* EU members are due to approve the 10th package of sanctions against Russia this week, EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

* More than 30 countries, including the United States, Britain and France, pledged their support for banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in international sporting events, a British government statement said.

FIGHTING

* Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia's mercenary group Wagner, accused unspecified officials of deliberately denying his fighters sufficient ammunition as part of an ongoing rivalry between himself and parts of the Russian elite.

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* Zelenskiy said in an interview published at the weekend that Ukraine would maintain its months-long defence of the eastern city of Bakhmut, mindful of the price paid in human lives.

ANNIVERSARY

* Ukraine's Zelenskiy has defied Putin against the odds, a year into war.

* Putin, secure in power, has set the stage for a long and draining war.

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* A year on from Russia's invasion, the country and its government have not just survived. They’ve fought back.

* Toughened by war's scars, Kyiv presses on while Russia attacks

* Hairdresser by day, drone hunter by night helps defend skies over Ukraine

* Russian defence chief keeps job despite Ukraine routsthanks to Putin

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OPINION

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Even a weak Russia is a problem for Europe

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Ukraine yet to make defence a safe investor haven

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(Compiled by Reuters editors)

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