BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg on Friday pledged ongoing help for Ukraine, saying that backing Ukrainian forces now could be a step towards a long-lasting peace. “Most wars finish with negotiations. However what occurs on the negotiating desk is dependent upon what occurs on the battlefield,” he mentioned at a information convention in Brussels.
Stoltenberg additionally accused Russia of utilizing ever extra brutal ways in opposition to Ukraine within the wake of current battlefield losses. “It is a horrific begin to the winter for Ukraine,” he mentioned. He pledged to push for added help for Kyiv at subsequent week’s assembly of NATO overseas ministers in Bucharest, Romania.
On the eve of Russia’s Mom’s Day, President Vladimir Putin met with mothers of Russian soldiers at his official residence exterior Moscow, the primary time he has publicly met kin of servicemen combating in Ukraine. Putin mentioned he “personally” shared their struggling and that “nothing can substitute the loss of a kid, a son, particularly for a mom.” Earlier this month, the Pentagon’s prime basic said greater than 100,000 Russian troops had been believed to have been killed or injured because the Feb. 24 invasion. Tens of thousands of men have left the country to keep away from being drafted.
Right here’s the most recent on the battle and its ripple results throughout the globe.
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Russian legislature advances bill criminalizing ‘promoting’ LGBTQ relationships: The Russian parliament’s decrease home handed the ultimate studying of a invoice that seeks to ban makes an attempt to advertise homosexuality, together with in films, books or promoting, writes The Washington Submit’s Francesca Ebel. The invoice now goes to the higher chamber, which is anticipated to approve it, after which to Putin, who is anticipated to signal it.
Residents who promote what the Duma dubs the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” might be fined as much as $6,600; organizations might be fined as much as $82,100. International nationals might be sentenced to as much as 15 days and deported. Sexual minorities in Russia already face important oppression, and the invoice must be seen as an try and distract the general public from Russia’s current battlefield failures in Ukraine, a rights activist informed The Submit.